LI Program News - January 26, 2017

January 26, 2017

The FCC Form 555 is due by January 31, 2017. As a reminder, the Form 555 must be completed annually by service providers to certify the accuracy and results of their annual subscriber recertification.


We strongly encourage users to file online through E-File. Online filing will ensure proper calculations and will identify any missing data fields to ensure completeness.


If you plan on submitting a paper version of the Form 555, here are the instructions as well as some helpful filing tips:

  • Verify that all calculation blocks are accurate
  • Only initial the certification that is relevant to the data you are reporting
  • Remember to complete Section 4: ETCs Subject to the Non-Usage Requirements

When completed, email your submissions to


Please note that the email address listed on our website and in the form instructions is no longer valid.


If you prefer to submit your form via mail, please send them to the new address below:


Low Income Program

Attention: FCC Form 555

700 12th Street, N.W., Suite 900

Washington, D.C. 20005


Lastly, please remember to file a copy of the FCC Form 555 with the FCC using their Electronic Comment Filing System. If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact us.

As of December 2, 2016, the Veterans Pension and Survivors Pension Benefit is a qualifying program for Lifeline. This program is administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and is actually two separate benefits.


According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Pension is available to low-income veterans who meet the minimum service requirements and are:

  • Age 65 or older, or
  • Totally and permanently disabled, or
  • A patient in a nursing home receiving skilled nursing care, or
  • Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance, or
  • Receiving Supplemental Security Income

The yearly family income threshold must be less than the amount set by Congress to qualify for the Veterans Pension benefit. For more information on eligibility for this program, please visit here.


The Survivors Pension Benefit is available to low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse and/or unmarried child(ren) of a deceased veteran with wartime service. The yearly family income threshold must be less than the amount set by Congress to qualify for the Survivors Pension benefit.


For more information on eligibility for this program, please visit here.


Please contact us for more information on acceptable forms of documentation verifying Lifeline eligibility based on participation in these programs.




The Lifeline Program team is here to help you! Visit the Contact Us page and let us know how we can help you.

Some states have a state-sponsored Lifeline program that provides an additional discount to qualified residents of their state. The state Lifeline subsidy amount and eligibility requirements vary by state. Here are some key differences between the two types of programs:


Federal Lifeline Program

  • Administered by USAC
  • Available in all 56 states and territories
  • Eligibility based on qualifying benefit program participation or income

State Lifeline Programs 

  • Administered individually by respective state
  • Eligibility requirements are determined by the state

The federal Lifeline Program operates separately from all state Lifeline programs. USAC is unable to provide assistance or guidance on states' Lifeline program rules or processes. If you are a carrier providing Lifeline service that qualifies for a state Lifeline program, please refer to the state's Public Utility or Public Service Commission for more information about the state program.

The updated National Verifier Plan has been submitted to the FCC. You can continue to leave feedback through the blog or by emailing us.


To view previous versions of the plan, please visit the Reference Area of our website.

Join us on February 8 for our monthly Lifeline Program webinar. The agenda will be sent to registered attendees one week prior to the event.
To view the slides or recordings from previous events, please visit our Trainings and Outreach page.



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January 2017

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