Enhanced Tribal Benefit
Lifeline customers that live on federally-recognized Tribal lands can receive discounts up to an additional $25 per month, and up to $100 for first-time connection charges at their primary residence.
PLEASE NOTE: The rules for enhanced Lifeline support and Link Up on Tribal lands are changing with the Fourth Report and Order to target the additional monthly support amount to rural areas and facilities-based service providers. Visit the Rules & Orders page to learn more.
Coming Soon: Changes to Enhanced Lifeline Support and Link Up on Tribal Lands
The rules for enhanced Lifeline support and Link Up on Tribal lands are changing soon with the Fourth Report and Order to target the enhanced monthly support amount to facilities-based service providers in rural areas.
The new rules will be effective August 1, 2018, or 90 days after the FCC receives Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) approval from the OMB (whichever date is later), and service providers are required to notify impacted subscribers that they will not continue receiving the enhanced Lifeline discount. Learn more on the Lifeline Rules & Orders page.
Enhanced Monthly Support
Subscribers that qualify for enhanced Lifeline support can receive discounts of up to $25 per month in addition to the standard benefit amount if they live on federally-recognized Tribal lands.
To enroll a subscriber for the enhanced monthly support amount, select “Yes” in NLAD for both the “Tribal Address?” and “Lifeline Tribal Benefit?” fields.
Service providers must pass through the full Tribal lands support amount to the subscriber.
Tribal Link Up
Link Up assistance provides a 100% reduction (up to $100) of the charge for starting service at a Tribal Lifeline subscriber’s primary residence. Link Up is available to subscribers that reside on federally-recognized Tribal lands and use a facilities-based service provider that receives High Cost Program support. Link Up is a one-time benefit per address; subscribers can request Link Up once for each change of primary residential address.
For service initiation charges of up to $200, Link Up also provides a deferred, no-interest payment plan to the subscriber for up to one year.
Service providers can only claim reimbursement for the difference between the customary connection/interest charge and the actual charge.
Before providing Link Up to the subscriber, check NLAD to confirm whether they have previously received a Link Up benefit at their address.
Eligible Tribal Lands
Federally-recognized Tribal lands for the Lifeline Program include:
- Any federally recognized Indian tribe’s reservation, pueblo, or colony (view map: Indian Lands of Federally Recognized Tribes or download the official shapefile: 2016 AIANNH boundary file)
- Former reservations in Oklahoma (view maps: FCC Oklahoma Enhanced Lifeline Support Maps)
- Alaska Native regions established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (view maps: 2010 U.S. Census American Indians and Alaska Natives Map – Alaska, State of Alaska ANCSA Boundaries Map)
- Indian allotments
- Hawaiian Home Lands (view map: 2010 U.S. Census Hawaiian Homelands)
- Any land approved as Tribal for the purposes of the Lifeline Program by the FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy Office of Native Affairs and Policy or Wireline Competition Bureau.
For additional reference:
- Eligible Tribal Lands for the Lifeline Program map and the shapefile of Tribal lands (for informational reference purposes only)
At the FCC’s direction, USAC is preparing a mapping tool for service providers to use to determine if a Lifeline applicant resides on Tribal lands.