Alpine Offers Help To Low-Income, First-Time Internet Subscribers

Enroll Today in Alpine’s Broadband Lifeline Pilot Program

Alpine Communications introduces a new federal assistance program and helping customers save on their monthly Internet service and installation costs if you are a first-time low-income subscriber.

 View the Broadband Lifeline Pilot Program Flyer

Alpine Communications was selected by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to take part in a program as one of 14 projects for the Broadband Lifeline Pilot Program. Alpine is the only rural telephone company in Iowa to receive funding for the project that will test how best to increase adoption of high-speed Internet among low-income Americans by offering discounted Internet service for 12 months to new subscribers.

How Do I Qualify? Customers who receive assistance from one of the following programs may qualify for the new Broadband Lifeline Pilot Program for high speed Internet service or Lifeline Assistance for their telephone service:

  • Medicaid (e.g. Title XIX/Medical, State Supplemental Assistance)
  • Food Stamps
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance Section 8
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program (TANF)
  • National School Lunch Program (NSL) Free Lunch Program

What Discounts Will I Receive? Beginning May 1, 2013, eligible customers who subscribe will receive monthly discounts on Alpine high speed Internet for ten months. For example:

  • May – July 2013, Save $39.95/month
  • August – October 2013, Save $29.95/month
  • November – January 2014, Save $19.95/month
  • February – April 2014, Save $9.95

What If I Need a Computer? With the help of Connected Nation®, Alpine Communications will provide computer training and help you get a discounted computer for as little as $189.00.

To enroll in the Broadband Lifeline Program, call Alpine today at (563) 245-4000 or visit our office at 923 Humphrey Street, Elkader.


Alpine Communications has been selected by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to take part in a program as one of 14 projects for the Broadband Lifeline Pilot Program. Alpine is the only rural telephone company in Iowa to receive funding for a Lifeline pilot project that will test how best to increase adoption of high-speed Internet among low-income Americans, a group with strikingly low adoption levels. The project will kick off in the first half of 2013 and last 18 months.

Chris Hopp, Alpine general manager said, “Our participation in the FCC’s project demonstrates Alpine’s commitment to the ensuring all of our rural customers, including our low-income families, can connect to high speed Internet. It is our mission to provide opportunities for all customers to succeed in school, work, and improve their quality of life through affordable access to

According to the FCC, robust, affordable broadband has become essential to access jobs, education and economic opportunity. For example, more than 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies today require online job applications. And students with broadband at home have a 7 percent higher graduation rate.

More information about the Broadband Lifeline Pilot Project will be available soon. Call Alpine Communications 245-4000 if you have questions about your eligibility in the program.