Lifeline Program

The Federal Communications Commission  (FCC) Lifeline Program

Lifeline is a government benefit program supported by the Universal Service Fund that provides a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers. Lifeline helps ensure that eligible consumers have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family, and emergency services. To participate in the program, consumers must either have an income that is at or below 135% of the federal Poverty Guidelines or participate in one of the following assistance programs:
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Federal Public House Assistance (Section 8)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • Head Start (if income eligibility criteria are met)
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch Program's Free Lunch Program
  • State assistance programs (if applicable)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)

They are starting a pilot program to expand this beyond phone service to broadband service. Stay tuned for more information as this develops. View the FCC Lifeline Program website.