The Lifeline program helps low income households save money by providing discounts on both cell phone and broadband internet services.
The subsidy pays $9.25 per month toward your Internet bill! This is fantastic news since nearly 60% of people earning less than $25k per year cannot afford broadband Internet access.
Nearly 13 million people currently use the Lifeline Program, which has offered discounts for voice-only phone services since 1985.
Under Obama, the FCC voted to expand the program to cover Internet services because they determined that the Internet is also an essential service that is required for finding a job, schoolwork and so much more. However, Trump’s FCC has worked diligently to scale back this priceless assistance program.
It is important to realize that each household can receive only one Lifeline subsidy. You can decide whether your subsidy is applied to your home phone, cell phone or Internet bill (or a bundled service).
If you are currently using a Lifeline subsidy on a home or cell phone, you will need to contact your provider to de-enroll and then enroll using your Internet provider unless these services are bundled with the same provider.
To qualify, customers must have an income that is equal to or less than 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participate in one of the following programs:
- SNAP (Food Stamps, EBT)
- Section 8 Housing
- Free school lunches
- Head Start
- SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
- LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
- TANF or TTANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or the Tribally-Administered TANF program)
- FDPIR (Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations)
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
You can also use this online tool to determine your eligibility for the Lifeline program.
Applying for the lifeline subsidy is easy.
The first thing you need to do is find a provider that participates in the Lifeline program. It is easy to find a provider when you use this search tool!
Once you’ve found a provider, you will need to ask the company for a Lifeline application. You’ll be required to supply certain information, including your full legal name, date of birth, address and more. The company will process the application on your behalf.