"Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers"

What is the Lifeline Program ?

Lifeline is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. It helps individuals and families who have a low income get discounted landline or cell phone service. 

How the Lifeline Program Works ?

Lifeline provides subscribers a discount on monthly telephone or internet service purchased from participating providers in the marketplace based on household income and size. 

Who is Eligible for Lifeline Program ?

To participate in lifeline, subscribers must either have an income that is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines, or participate in certain government programs.


How Much Discount Does Lifeline Program Offer ?

Lifeline provides up to a $9.25 monthly discount on service for eligible low-income subscribers and up to $34.25 per month for those on Tribal lands.


Lifeline provides a discount on qualifying monthly telephone service, broadband Internet service or bundled voice-broadband packages purchased from lifeline providers.

Availability of Lifeline Program

Lifeline is available to eligible low-income subscribers in every state, territory, commonwealth and tribal land in the United States, as long as they meet income requirements.

Providers of Lifeline Program

You may apply for the program by working with a Lifeline service provider either in-person at a store location or online via the service provider's website, if they support that option.

How to Apply for Lifeline Program ?


You may apply directly through the Lifeline programs National Verifier online portal or by mailing a paper application form.