Lifeline Discount   

Lifeline is a government assistance program that offers a discount to qualified customers on their monthly telephone or internet service.


Home Telephone or Broadband Assistance

Lifeline provides up to a $9.25 discount on your monthly bill for home telephone or broadband service.
This program is available to all BEK Cooperative exchanges (excludes: rural Bismarck, rural Morton County and Valley City exchanges).

Do you qualify for Lifeline assistance?

You can apply online by going to and setting up an account. Once you have filled out the information, you will find out if you qualify for Lifeline assistance.

To be eligible for Lifeline, you must be enrolled in a qualifying program. Qualifying programs include: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA), Veterans Pension, Survivors Pension or Income based eligibility programs.

You will need the following information to apply online:

  • Full legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Last 4 digits of your SSN
  • Address

If you receive an error message, please contact the National Lifeline program at 1-800-234-9473 for additional help.

The Lifeline program is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).
USAC is responsible for data collection and maintenance, support calculation, and disbursement for the program.
Once on the Lifeline program, you will be contacted by USAC annually to recertify.  If you no longer meet the eligibility guidelines above, you will no longer qualify for Lifeline and must inform BEK of your ineligibility by calling 701-475-2361 or toll free at 1-888-475-2361.