Rules & Orders


Lifeline Program Rules. 47 C.F.R. Sections 54.400-417 are the rules governing the federal universal service Lifeline Program (formerly Low Income Program).


  • 2017 Fourth Report and Order. In December 2017, the FCC released "Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Consumers," which eliminates the benefit port freeze and targets enhanced Tribal support and Link Up to rural Tribal areas and facilities-based providers, with rules effective starting February 15, 2018.
  • 2014 Lifeline Order. On June 6, 2014, in Order FCC 14-785, the FCC conditionally granted petitions for waiver filed by USTelecom, individual state commissions, and a state carrier association that waives sections of the FCC's rules which govern subscriber certification forms.
  • 2012 Lifeline Order. On February 6, 2012, the FCC released its Lifeline Reform Order (FCC 12-11) that makes significant changes to the federal Low Income Program.
  • 2000 Tribal Order. On June 30, 2000, the FCC released this order to sustain and promote telecommunications subscribership and infrastructure on tribal lands.
  • All Lifeline Program Orders.