Rules & Orders


Lifeline Program Rules. 47 C.F.R. Sections 54.400-417 are the rules governing the federal universal service Lifeline Program (formerly Low Income Program).


  • 2015 & 2016 Lifeline Orders. In June 2015, the FCC made changes to the Lifeline Program in the 2015 Lifeline Order. All of the changes from this order become effective on various dates in 2016. This year, in March 2016, the FCC made additional changes to the program in the 2016 Lifeline Order. These changes will begin to affect carriers this year.
  • 2014 Lifeline Order. On June 6, 2014, in Order FCC 14-785, the FCC conditionally granted petitions for waiver filed by USTelecom, individual state commissions, and a state carrier association that waives sections of the FCC's rules which govern subscriber certification forms.
  • 2012 Lifeline Order. On February 6, 2012, the FCC released its Lifeline Reform Order (FCC 12-11) that makes significant changes to the federal Low Income Program.
  • All Lifeline Program Orders.