Lifeline is the FCC's program to help make communication services more affordable for low-income consumers. Lifeline provides subscribers a discount on monthly telephone or broadband service purchased from participating providers. The discounts which can be applied to voice services, a voice bundle, broadband services, or bundled broadband packages (either fixed or mobile), help ensure that low-income consumers can afford state-of-the-art voice or broadband and the access they provide to jobs, education, and opportunities.
- Lifeline discounts on voice services are available to participants of both state and federally-recognized aid programs.
- Lifeline discounts on broadband services are available to participants of federally-recognized aid programs and is limited to certain broadband services. Broadband speeds must be 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload or faster to qualify.
- If you purchase voice and qualifying broadband services, the federal Lifeline discount will apply to your qualifying broadband service.
- If you purchase voice service and a non-qualifying broadband service, you may qualify to receive both state and federal Lifeline discounts on your voice service.