Lifeline is a Federally created program that gives a discount
on basic phone service allowing it to be easier to afford for low-income families. You can
get Lifeline from your home phone or mobile phone service
supplier. That supplier is reimbursed by the USAC using the Universal Service Fund.
Federal rules state that you can only get a Lifeline benefit on
1 wireless phone or 1 landline (wire line) telephone. Receiving
more than one Lifeline subsidy would be a violation for Federal
Qualifications for Lifeline
Qualification guidelines for Lifeline, June 1, 2012 per the
- Only one member of the
household can get the Lifeline benefit
- Some member of your household needs to be receiving
benefits from 1 of the
federal assistance programs or,
the total income for the household can't exceed 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
- An eligibility certification must be signed and
completed by the beneficiary.
- Applicant needs to provide eligibility proof
(must give proof to show that you are in 1 of the
qualifying programs by showing a copy of a benefit
statement, award letter, participation letter, or some official document or, if qualifying on
income, must give proof of income if qualifying
based on household income.)
For more details on the Lifeline Program see the
- Lifeline is known to be a federal benefit and
those who willfully make false statements to get the benefit
can be fined, imprisoned, de-enrolled or barred from Lifeline.
- Just 1 Lifeline subsidy (wire line or wireless) is permitted per household.
- Any household is NOT permitted to receive Lifeline benefits from multiple providers.
- For the purpose of the Lifeline support program, a "household" is defined as an individual or group
of individuals living together at the same physical address who share
expenses and income.
- Those violating the one-per-household limitation will constitute a violation of the
rules resulting in de-enr subscriber's de-ollment of the
violator from Lifeline, and potentially
prosecution by the United States Government.
- Lifeline is not a transferable benefit. The subscriber can't transfer
their benefit to another person.