TruConnect Joins Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia Town Hall to Expand California LifeLine Program

Advocates Call For Increased Access To Low-Income Wireless During COVID Pandemic And Beyond ** VIRTUAL TOWN HALL, THUR. JUNE 4 12-1 PM **

LOS ANGELES, CA, JUNE 3, 2020 — Tomorrow, TruConnect will join Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) and leaders from the Western Center on Law and Poverty, California Reinvestment Coalition, and Clínica Monseñor Romero at a virtual town hall to call for the expansion of the California Lifeline Program to provide vital resources during the COVID pandemic and bridge the digital divide.

California Lifeline is a state program that provides free wireless services to 1.3 million low-income vulnerable Californians through service providers certified by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). TruConnect, the only California-based provider of Lifeline services, serves more than 250,000 participants and was recently recognized for its free smart phones loaded with COVID safety net services, including food security apps, links to health resources, and assistance with applying for unemployment benefits.

Assemblymember Garcia has proposed Assembly Bill 3079 to dramatically expand and ease access to California Lifeline services, in an effort to reach more than 4.5 million Californians who are eligible for free wireless but have not yet enrolled. While more than 5 million residents have filed for unemployment since the pandemic began, less than 60,000 Californians signed up for free wireless between March and April, a quarter of whom where enrolled by TruConnect.

During Thursday's Virtual Town Hall, advocates are expected to reiterate their call for Sacramento leaders to support AB 3079 and invest in much-needed outreach to increase awareness of the program. A 2019 California Legislative Analyst's Office report recommended a series of program reforms, including "a statewide marketing and outreach plan to help improve overall program awareness among eligible households" that the CPUC is yet to initiate.

"Sacramento cannot claim to bridge the digital divide, especially during the COVID pandemic, without expanding access to California Lifeline," said TruConnect Co-CEO Nathan Johnson. "This program is one of the strongest, most cost-effective ways of connecting disadvantaged residents to vital resources that they need to survive during this unprecedented crisis."

Earlier in the month, the Western Center on Law and Poverty, California Community Economic Development Association, California Reinvestment Coalition, Public Interest Law Project, Clínica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero, and the East Bay Community Law Center wrote to Governor Gavin Newsom and state legislators proposing strategies to increase Lifeline enrollment to 90-100% participation from its current low of less than 40%.

TruConnect's Nathan Johnson will join Assemblymember Garcia, the Western Center on Law and Poverty's Jessica Bartholow, the California Reinvestment Coalition's Paulina Gonzalez-Bitro, and Clínica Monseñor Romero's Carlos Vaquerano during tomorrow's event and highlight the importance of expanding California Lifeline and its critical safety net during COVID-19. Participants can register for the town hall by emailing Lizette@ideatecal.com.

TruConnect is the state's only LifeLine carrier that provides participants with a free 4G/LTE smartphone and access to hotspots built on WiFi technology. Free mobile telephone and broadband service during the Shelter-In-Place order is available through TruConnect's website, www.truconnect.com. Applicants who meet low-income eligibility requirements will receive a free phone through the mail and be able to stay connected throughout the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

 

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About TruConnect
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 .

Media Contact:
Name: Lucy Sung
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Email address: lsung@truconnect.com

What is Lifeline?

Lifeline is a government program that subsidizes discounted phone service for low-income consumers, ensuring everyone can stay in touch. TruConnect is currently designated to provide free Lifeline-supported phone service in numerous states across the U.S., with more coming soon. The Lifeline program is only available to eligible consumers who can provide documentation for eligibility. Only one Lifeline service is allowed per household regardless of a type of phone. To be qualified for Lifeline, you must be currently enrolled in a qualified public assistance program (i.e. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA), Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit, etc.) or you can be qualified if your total annual household income is less than the qualified income guidelines.

Mobile Broadband

TruConnect is a mobile broadband company and a cheap wireless internet provider that offers wireless internet services and mobile WiFi hotspots through the Internet on the Go. TruConnect provides an underserved market with prepaid and wireless internet services such as Lifeline (ETC), Wireless Prepaid, and Mobile broadband solutions such as mobile WiFi hotspots. We have a variety of mobile broadband devices ranging from cell phones and 4G smartphones to mobile WiFi hotspot devices and tablets. Our coverage includes a 4G network for nationwide wireless internet.

Why TruConnect?

We are a group of wireless industry veterans who have spent many years bringing new mobile products and services to consumers in the U.S. We understand your frustration with expensive monthly data plans, so we came up with an easy, honest, and convenient way to stay connected to the world with TruConnect Pay As You Go and Lifeline plans, and with our affordable Internet on the Go mobile broadband plans and hotspots. Individual usage varies from month to month, so we designed our flexible plans to fit your everyday needs. To learn more about Internet on the Go, please visit www.internet-go.com.

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