Lifeline is a federal program that offers a monthly benefit of up to $9.25 towards phone or internet services for eligible subscribers (up to $34.25 for those living on Tribal lands).
A consumer can qualify for the Lifeline benefit if their income is 135% or less than the federal poverty guidelines, or if they participate in SNAP, Medicaid, or other federal programs. See the full list of qualifying factors.
Lifeline subscribers can apply their benefit to home or mobile phone service or to high-speed broadband.
Recertification must be done annually. Please click here to find out how.
You may only use Lifeline for either phone or Internet, but not both. A household may get a Lifeline discount from only one provider and it is a non-transferrable service. Please note that consumers who willfully make false statements in order to obtain the benefit can be punished by fine or imprisonment and can be barred from the program.