Lifeline

Program Requirements

Please Note: We are currently updating the guidance on this page to reflect the rule changes in the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order. In the meantime, please visit the 2016 Lifeline Order page for relevant information.

Lifeline Program support is provided to eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) from the federal universal service fund. These carriers then offer a reduced rate to eligible subscribers on either their cell phone or home phone bill.