Lifeline is a federal program that offers a monthly benefit of up to $9.25 towards phone or internet services for eligible subscribers (up to $34.25 for those living on Tribal/Native lands).
A consumer can qualify for the Lifeline benefit if their income is 135% or less than the federal poverty guidelines, or if they participate in SNAP, Medicaid, or other federal programs. See the full list of qualifying factors.
Lifeline subscribers can apply their benefit to home or mobile phone service or to high-speed broadband.
These steps will help service providers navigate the process to join Lifeline as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC).
Become an ETC
Create a Compliance Plan
Obtain a Study Area Code
Obtain a 498 ID
Lifeline Systems Notification Resolved
Aug 5, 2020
Yesterday some users reported intermittent issues with Lifeline systems. Connectivity is now fully restored to the National Verifier (NV), National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD), and Representative Accountability Database (RAD).
Users are able to perform all transactions successfully. If you continue to experience issues, please email LifelineProgram@usac.org.
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