Lifeline is a Federally created program that gives a discount
on basic phone service allowing it to be easier to afford for
households that are low-income. You can
get Lifeline from your home telephone 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 1 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 belonging to your household needs to be receiving
benefits from 1 of the
federal or approved
state assistance programs or,
the total income for the household can't exceed 135% of the
poverty level defined by then Federal Guidelines
- An eligibility certification must be signed and
completed by the beneficiary.
- Applicant needs to provide eligibility proof
(must give proof to show 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
when you are qualifying for lifeline benefits on household income.)
For more information and details on the Lifeline Program see the
USAC Internet site. Additionally, you can listen to
Public Service Announcements (PSAs) by the FCC.
- Lifeline is known to be a federal
consumer benefit and
those who make false or misleading statements willfully to get the
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, the
definition of a "household" is a person or group
of people who live at the same physical address who share
expenses and income.
- Those violating the one lifeline per household rule, which
would constitute a violation of the
current rules, will result de-enrollment 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.