Internet & Phone Access
Having access to the internet can be a huge advantage. Today, a lot of day-to-day communication takes place online. Many landlords, employers, reentry organizations, local support groups and government agencies post important information and opportunities online. To access the internet for free, you can ask your local RTC, visit your local library, or call 2-1-1 for information on public internet access sites near you.
See “Library Card” for more information about libraries and the resources they provide. You can also visit this link for a comprehensive list of Oregon public libraries: https://librariesoforegon.org/libraries-by-city
In addition to public internet access sites, you may be eligible for free or discounted internet access through Oregon Lifeline, a government program that reduces monthly phone or internet costs for low-income individuals whose total household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines, or individuals who receive benefits from one of the following:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Veterans or Survivors Pension Benefit
To apply for a free wireless service, contact the service provider directly (information listed below). The service provider will determine your eligibility and discuss your options. It’s important to keep in mind that you must use your Lifeline device at least once every 30 days, or your Lifeline service will be cancelled.
Free Wireless Service
Access Wireless by i-wireless
Includes free phone
Assurance Wireless by Virgin Mobile
Includes free phone
enTouch by Boomerang
May require phone purchase
To apply for a discounted wireless service, you can either complete an online Oregon Lifeline application, or print and complete an application and submit it by mail, email or fax. See http://www.puc.state.or.us/rspf/otapappnpf.pdf for an example of the Oregon Lifeline application.