What You Should Know
- Lifeline is a federal benefit and willfully making false
statements to obtain the benefit can result in fines, imprisonment, de-enrollment or being
barred from the program.
- A household is allowed only one Lifeline service (wire line or wireless).
- A "household" is defined as an individual or group
of individuals who live together at the same address and share income and expenses.
- A household is NOT allowed to receive Lifeline benefits from multiple providers.
- Exceeding the one-per-household limitation constitutes a violation of the Commission's
rules and will result in the subscriber's de-enrollment from the program; and potentially
prosecution by the U.S. Government.
- Lifeline is a non-transferable benefit. The subscriber may not transfer his or
her benefit to any other person.
Lifeline support is a Federal assistance program that provides a discount in order to make
basic telephone service more affordable to low-income families. You apply for Lifeline through
your home phone or cellular phone service provider. The provider is reimbursed
through the Low Income Program of the Universal Service Fund.
Federal rules allow you to receive a Lifeline discount on either one home telephone OR one
cellular phone. You cannot receive the Lifeline benefit on more than one phone in the same household.
Qualification for Lifeline Support
To qualify for support, as of June 1, 2012:
Visit the USAC website
for more details about the Lifeline program.