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What is the Lifeline Program?

The Lifeline Program is a federal program which provides support to telecommunications companies that in turn offer discounts to millions of eligible consumers.

Approximately 2,000 telecommunications companies provide these discounts. Consumers can apply for these discounts through their telecommunications company.

Eligible households can receive up to $9.25 per month in discounts. Additional state support may be available. Approximately 2,000 telephone companies are eligible to provide these discounts. A household applies for the discounts through their telecommunications company. These companies are then reimbursed through the Lifeline Program.

Where Do I Start?

Eligibility Pre-Screening Tool & Eligibility Requirements
The Pre-Screening Tool can help you determine whether your household is eligible for a Lifeline Program discount. It usually takes less than 15 minutes to complete.

Companies in My State Map
If you have already determined that you are eligible for a discount, use the "Companies in My State" map to locate a telecommunications company near you.

Maintaining My Discounted Service
You can be de-enrolled from your discounted service for failure to meet certain requirements, such as annual re-certification. Learn how to avoid losing your discount.