CellSpan Wireless is a wireless service provider that offers a discount benefit to low income families and individuals in place of older technologies like landline phone service. To obtain CellSpan Wireless service, potential subscribers must meet certain eligibility requirements such as receiving governmental assistance or a household income that is at or below the federal poverty level. The specifics of what determines a potential subscriber's eligibility are specific to each state. CellSpan Wireless service is limited to one per household, and cannot be combined with any other Lifeline offering.
CellSpan Wireless government assisted wireless offering is part of the Lifeline program. The Lifeline Assistance program is only one part of the Universal Service Fund (USF) which exists to ensure that quality telecommunications services are available to low-income customers at just, reasonable and affordable rates. Lifeline provides discounts that make telephone service (and wireless service) more affordable for Americans.
The Universal Service Fund program is not a tax paid by U.S. Tax payer. The Universal Service Fund program is funded from contributions by telecommunications carriers collected in part from the Universal Service Charge applicable to all forms of interstate telecommunication services. The wireline and wireless companies that provide Lifeline are approved to participate in the low income program of the Universal Service Fund for the revenue they forgo by providing discounted service to eligible consumers. CellSpan Wireless is also committed to the "Wireless Eligible Telecommunication Carrier Commitment to Best Practices.