LOS ANGELES, CA, MARCH 18, 2020 —Anticipating the need for increased access to free wireless service amid the state's ongoing affordability crisis and early signs that the coronavirus would hit the United States, Los Angeles-based TruConnect has expanded to serve 225,000 of our most vulnerable Californians. According to a report recently released by the California Public Utilities Commission, TruConnect is now the state's second largest low-income wireless provider, ranking only behind Virgin Mobile’s Assurance Wireless in helping bridge the digital divide for disadvantaged residents through the California LifeLine Program .
TruConnect has actively enrolled program participants since 2014, continuing to grow its services despite decreased state funding for California LifeLine and increased limitations on access to the program. Senate Bill 704, which would have dramatically expanded California LifeLine eligibility, was passed by the California Legislature last year but failed to become law.
“This year, TruConnect has stepped up our efforts to reach out to those communities and vulnerable residents who need free wireless service the most,” said TruConnect Co-CEO Nathan Johnson. “California LifeLine is a critical tool not just for workers and their families trying to make ends meet on a daily basis, but also during emergencies that impact community safety and health.”
TruConnect will continue offering free wireless access to Californians most vulnerable to the impacts of the coronavirus, consistent with public health guidelines, and work to ensure that the state maintains continuity of California Lifeline services for all program participants. Participants can also apply online, and eligibility is based on participation in a qualifying public assistance program or household low income guidelines. The state currently allows only one Lifeline phone per household.
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Founded in 2011, TruConnect has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing provider of Lifeline wireless telecommunications services, expanding into over 30 states in the past two years TruConnect strives to provide affordable & flexible technology solutions to low-income communities and budget-conscious consumers, helping to bring us closer to closing the digital divide. To learn more, visit us at www.truconnect.com .
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