Lifeline Program

Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company

Program Type:

Consumer Financial Support

Eligible Geography:



Subsidizes the cost of phone and broadband service for low income households. 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/Native lands).

Eligible Recipients:

Private Consumer

Eligible Recipients Detail:

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, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit, or Tribal Programs.

Eligible Purpose:

Private Internet Service; Broadband Enabled Devices

Eligible Purpose Detail:

Lifeline subscribers can apply their benefit to home or mobile phone service or to high-speed broadband.