Lifeline Telephone Program

Overview

Lifeline is a federal program that provides a $9.25 monthly discount on phone or internet service to eligible households. Your “household” includes everyone who lives with you and shares in the household income and expenses. This includes children, adults, relatives and people not related to you. Only one Lifeline benefit—either wireless or landline phone, home internet or cell phone data plan—is allowed per household. Not all internet services will qualify for the discount.

Lifeline helps low-income consumers connect to the nation’s communications network so they can find jobs, access health care services, connect with family and call for help in an emergency. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has been contracted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to oversee the Lifeline program across the country.

Eligibility

Find out if you are eligible for assistance by checking the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) webpage Do I Qualify? 

Applications