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An applicant may be eligible for Lifeline Program-supported service if he or she has a household income at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Read the federal poverty guidelines to learn more.
If an applicant claims eligibility based on income, an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) must review documentation that demonstrates the individual's income. If the ETC has access to a database that contains information to confirm the subscriber's income, the ETC must use the database to validate the applicant's income. If there is no database available, the ETC must review documentation that demonstrates the applicant's income. The FCC has deemed the following as acceptable documentation of income (47 C.F.R. Section 54.410(b)(1)(i)(B):
If the documentation does not cover a full year, such as a current pay stub, the subscriber must present the same type of documentation covering three consecutive months within the previous 12 months.