Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers

A local telephone connection provides vulnerable families and adults with the means to stay in contact with vital emergency services and community resources, Lifeline is a government benefit program supported by the Universal Service Fund that provides a discount on services for qualifying low-income consumers.

Function of Lifeline Program

Lifeline Assistance provides discounts on basic monthly service for qualified telephone customers. These discounts can be up to $9.25 per month.

Enhanced Lifeline Assistance for Tribal lands provides qualified telephone subscribers living on tribal lands with an additional discount of $7.10 per month on basic monthly telephone service. As a result, qualified subscribers on tribal lands may receive basic local phone service for as little as $0.06 per month.

Income and Eligibility Requirements

You can qualify for the Lifeline Program based on your income, or if you participate in one of the assistance programs listed below.

Based on Your Income

The Lifeline Program is available to qualifying subscribers whose income is at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

Participate in one of the following assistance programs:

You can get Lifeline if you (or someone in your household) participates in one of these federal assistance programs:

In addition to the above programs, people living on Tribal lands also qualify if they participate in one the following assistance programs:

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