Lifeline is a government supported benefit for qualifying low-income consumers. Qualifying consumers receive discounted voice telephone service.
Lifeline is a national program and is available throughout the United States. Cincinnati Bell Telephone offers landline Lifeline service throughout its traditional service area. (Click here for a map of Cincinnati Bell Telephone's traditional service area.) Cincinnati Bell does not offer landline Lifeline service outside this traditional service area. Cincinnati Bell Wireless offers various wireless Lifeline plans within its southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky service area. (Click here for a map of the Cincinnati Bell Wireless service area.)
Lifeline benefits vary by state and by service provider. Cincinnati Bell Telephone subscribers who enroll in landline Lifeline receive the following benefits depending on the state where service is located.
Ohio and Indiana
Cincinnati Bell Wireless offers several Lifeline options. Click here for more information regarding Cincinnati Bell Wireless Lifeline options.
Customers who participate in certain social service programs or whose annual household income is below a specific threshold are eligible for Lifeline. The qualifying programs and income levels vary by state. In the Cincinnati Bell Telephone and Cincinnati Bell Wireless service areas, the eligibility standards are as follows;
Household income at or below 135% of the federal poverty level. For 2014, 135% of the federal poverty level is the following:
|Family Size||Annual Income||Monthly Income|
|For each additional person, add||$5,481||$457|
Ohio and Indiana
Household income at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. For 2014, 150% of the federal poverty level is the following:
|Family Size||Annual Income||Monthly Income|
|For each additional person, add||$6,090||$508|
Lifeline benefits are limited to one per household, including landline and cell phones and households are not permitted to receive Lifeline benefits from multiple providers. (Household is defined as any individual or group of individuals who live together at the same address and share income and expenses.) Lifeline customers must certify that their household is not receiving multiple Lifeline services. Violation of the one per household limitation is a violation of FCC rules and will result in de-enrollment from the Lifeline program.
Lifeline is a non-transferable benefit. Lifeline service may not be transferred to any other person.
Lifeline customers may be required to recertify their eligibility at any time. Failure to recertify will result in de-enrollment from the Lifeline program.
Lifeline customers must notify Cincinnati Bell Telephone within 30 days if they move or their household is no longer eligible for Lifeline.
To establish Cincinnati Bell Telephone Lifeline service, a customer must have paid or made payment arrangements on any outstanding balance or final bill for local telephone services (and long distance services in Kentucky) provided by Cincinnati Bell Telephone, and no other member of the customerís household may owe money for such services previously provided at the customerís current address.
Enrollment in Lifeline is contingent upon eligibility verification. Completion of a Lifeline application does not guarantee enrollment in the Lifeline program.
Yes. Lifeline customers may purchase any optional services at the standard prices for those services, subject to applicable credit requirements. Remember, Lifeline benefits are limited to one per household, so a household with landline Lifeline service may have standard wireless service but may not have wireless Lifeline service. Similarly, a household with wireless Lifeline service may not have landline Lifeline service nor may the household have any additional wireless phones that receive Lifeline benefits. Consumers with wireless Lifeline service may subscribe to any standard landline telephone service.
Yes. Lifeline customers may purchase Cincinnati Bell Telephone bundles that include local landline telephone service, subject to applicable credit requirements. The balance of the monthly Lifeline discount, after waiver of the federal end user charge, will apply to the monthly bundle price.
Yes. Cincinnati Bell Telephone Lifeline customers may place an unlimited number of local flat-rate calls and receive an unlimited number of calls with no additional charges. Lifeline customers making long distance calls must pay standard long distance charges.
Yes. New customers who are eligible for Lifeline may enroll in Lifeline when they establish service. Existing customers who are Lifeline eligible may convert to Lifeline at any time.
Eligible customers must complete and sign a Lifeline application form, attach documentation of Lifeline eligibility, and send the completed, signed form and documentation to Cincinnati Bell Telephone before Lifeline benefits can be provided. Information required to receive Lifeline includes the customerís full name (no initials), service address, birthday including year, and last four digits of the Social Security number. Applications that are incomplete, not signed, or do not attach supporting documentation of eligibility will be denied. All applications are subject to verification of the applicant's eligibility for Lifeline.
Note: An application for Lifeline is not an applications for new landline telephone service. Consumers wanting to establish new service must contact Cincinnati Bell to establish service and return the completed Lifeline application.
Acceptable documentation of eligibility includes the following:
Program Eligibility: The most current yearís statement of benefits, notice or letter of participation, or program participation documents such as ID/benefit cards or a Section 8 lease, for you or a member of your household.
Income Eligibility: The most recent state or federal income tax return, income statement from an employer, W-2, three consecutive monthís pay stubs, Social Security statement of benefits, retirement/pension statement of benefits, unemployment/workmenís compensation statement of benefits, Veteranís Administration statement of benefits, or other legal document(s) showing current income, such as a divorce decree or child support document.
Do NOT send original documents. Cincinnati Bell will not retain the documentation and documentation will not be returned.
A copy of the Cincinnati Bell Telephone Lifeline application can be downloaded from this website using the links below.
Applications are also available by calling Cincinnati Bell Telephone at 513-565-LIFE (5433) and from select social service agencies/organizations.
The completed application and documentation of eligibility may be mailed to:
or faxed to:
Consumers with questions regarding Lifeline should contact a Cincinnati Bell Telephone Lifeline representative at 513-565-LIFE (5433) - Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST.
Note: Providing false or fraudulent information and/or certifications in order to receive Lifeline benefits is punishable by law. Lifeline is a federal benefit and willfully making false statements to obtain Lifeline benefits can result in fines, imprisonment, and/or de-enrollment/being barred from the Lifeline program.