What is the Lifeline program?  

Lifeline is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet service. 

The program is designed to help low-income individuals get access to vital communication via the internet. The internet transforms almost every aspect of our lives from staying in contact with friends or family, getting news updates, accessing the digital coupon at the store, and so much more! 

Access to Health Care Information

Having access to the internet is important for your health care needs. People with critical or routine health needs use the Internet to access information about their conditions and stay in touch with their health care providers. 

  • Eligible consumers can get up to $9.25 off the cost of phone, internet, or bundled services.
  • If you live on Tribal lands, you can receive a discount of up to $34.25 per month, and up to a $100 reduction for first-time connection charges. 

For a list of providers near you, visit cnm.universalservice.org. It’s important to shop around, as some providers may even offer a free phone. 

Additional Information

You can qualify for this program if you meet one of the requirements below:

  • Your income is 135% or less than the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • If you participate in the one of these programs:
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Medicaid
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
    • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
    • Tribal Assistance Programs  
  • You can also qualify for Lifeline if your child or dependent participates in any of the above programs.

Eligible households must apply for the program, qualify for the program, and then set up service with a company that participates in the program.

Visit lifelinesupport.org to submit an application or print out a mail application.

You may also qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)