To qualify for Lifeline in states that follow the Federal guidelines, a member
of your household must receive benefits from one of seven federal government assistance
programs (listed below) or, your household income must be at or below 135% of the Federal
Additionally, no member of your household can already be receiving Lifeline benefits, you must submit an eligibility certification form (provided by your phone service provider), and you must submit proof of eligibility.
Or, you can qualify based on your household* income. Total household income must be 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or less.
|# in Household||Contiguous 48
|Each Add'l Person||$5,616|
These income levels are based on the Federal Register
*Household is defined as "any individual or group of individuals who are living together
at the same address as one economic unit".
Economic unit is defined as "all adult individuals contributing to and sharing in the income and expenses of a household".
How do I get Lifeline Home Phone Service?
You can get Lifeline home phone service through your local telephone company or we can provide service for you.
First, you must determine if you qualify. Next, contact your home phone service provider and ask to be put on the Lifeline program. You will be instructed on how to provide the proof of qualification required by your state. Once you've provided the necessary proof (generally a self certification form - varies by state), your future bills will reflect the discount.