Oklahoma Lifeline Tribal Changes

Effective June 8, 2016, the Lifeline subsidy paid by the FCC’s Universal Service Fund to support your service is being reduced from $34.25 to $9.25 per month if you reside in certain affected areas of Oklahoma no longer recognized by the FCC as designated Tribal lands. As a result, we are forced to reduce the number of minutes and text messages in your plan in accordance with the new lower subsidy.

If you are an existing Assist Wireless Lifeline customer that is affected by this, you will be notified that you will be automatically moved to the either the $1.00 or $4.95 plan listed below on June 8, 2016. If you are currently enrolled in a $1 plan, you will move to the new $1 plan. If you are currently enrolled in either the $4.95 plan or the $18 plan, you will be moved to the new $4.95 plan listed below.

The new plans effective June 8th, 2016 for areas the FCC has determined to be Non-Tribal are as follows:

Minutes SMS Data Price
250 Minutes 250 Text None FREE
300 Minutes 300 Text 30 MB $1.00
500 Minutes 500 Text 150 MB $4.95
1,000 Minutes 1,000 Text 25 MB $26.00
Unlimited Unlimited Text 50 MB $28.00
Unlimited Unlimited Text 250 MB $31.00
Unlimited Unlimited Text 1 GB $43.00

Why is this happening?

Why is your subsidy being decreased? This is NOT an Assist Wireless decision! In June of 2015, the FCC adopted a Lifeline Reform Order that re-interpreted what the agency considers to be Oklahoma Tribal lands. This decision unfortunately significantly reduces the geographic areas and number of residents eligible for Tribal Lifeline support. Our legal efforts and appeals on behalf of our valuable consumers to keep the prior Tribal lands designations unfortunately were not successful.

We encourage you to write the following government bodies about your feelings and explain how it will negatively impact your life:

FCC Chairman OCC Chairman OK Dist. 5 Congressman
Tom Wheeler Bob Anthony Rep. Steve Russel
445 12th Street SW PO Box 52000 128 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20554 Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2000 Washington, DC 20515
(888) 225-5322 (405) 521-2211 (202) 225-2132
Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov b.anthony@occemail.com https://russell.house.gov/contact

 

We understand that you may be very frustrated, angry, or even devastated by this change. We have done everything in our power to preserve the Lifeline benefits you receive and we are just as disturbed by this ruling.

Please contact customer service at (855) 392-7747 or by dialing 611 should you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Assist Wireless Management