Feb 29, 2024

What Does the Lifeline Program Include?

What Does the Lifeline Program Include?

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Lifeline is an initiative by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designed to enhance the affordability of communication services for low-income consumers.

Subscribers enrolled in the Federal Lifeline Program receive assistance on eligible monthly telephone service, broadband service, or bundled voice-broadband packages from a participating lifeline provider like Life Wireless.

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This is crucial in ensuring that individuals with limited financial means can access 21st-century connectivity services, thereby facilitating their access to employment opportunities, healthcare, and educational resources.


Lifeline offers eligible low-income subscribers assistance up $9.25 a month, and up to $34.25 per month for eligible subscribers living on Tribal lands.

Eligible subscribers can receive the Lifeline assistance on either a landline or wireless service, but not on both. The program also extends its support to broadband Internet service and broadband-voice bundles. Please note that FCC regulations prohibit more than one Lifeline service per household.

This assistance is accessible to eligible low-income consumers in every state, commonwealth, territory, and on Tribal lands.

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The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) administers the Lifeline program, facilitating consumer applications, explaining eligibility criteria, and ensuring the continuous benefit through an annual recertification process.


To qualify for the Lifeline program, eligible consumers must meet specific criteria, which include having an income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participating in designated federal assistance programs.

Such designated federal assistance programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, the Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit, or specific Tribal Programs. You can apply for lifeline online at lifelinesupport.org, and online at Life Wireless. You can also apply by mail, or through your local phone or internet provider.

Determining eligibility is possible by reviewing the information provided at lifelinesupport.org.

Initiating a Lifeline application

To initiate a Lifeline application, individuals typically utilize the National Verifier application system, accessible through either USAC or a Lifeline-participating phone or internet company like Life Wireless.

The National Verifier, established by the FCC and managed by USAC, serves as a centralized system for verifying the eligibility of Lifeline applicants and conducting annual recertification of subscriber eligibility.

Please note that individuals in California (excluding broadband-only consumers), Texas, and Oregon will continue applying for the federal Lifeline benefit using their state's current application process, as is presently done. If you live in California, Oregon, or Texas, check with your phone or internet company or visit your state website to find out how to apply for the program.

Golden State residents get more from Life Wireless

For consumers in California, Life Wireless gives you more data and more hotspot FREE than any other Lifeline provider. Skip the rest. Switch to the best!

Compared with the other Lifeline program providers, Life Wireless gives those in Cali more. More high-speed data. More hotspot data. Unlimited International calling to more than 70 countries and unlimited International texting!

Life Wireless puts the other Lifeline program service providers to shame. We give California residents 15x more high-speed data and 10x more hotspot data! Residents of the Golden State also get Unlimited International calling to more than 70 countries and unlimited International texting, plus International Roaming in 36 countries.

Nobody keeps you better connected for free than Life Wireless. For complete details on all California residents receive from Life Wireless, read this piece here.

With Life Wireless you get the best, wherever you live

Among Lifeline service providers, only Life Wireless gives you nationwide coverage on America’s most dependable 5G+ network.

That means you get the best at no expense, as well as a FREE smartphone and FREE unlimited data, talk & text and 5G hotspot.

That's right. Free phone service on America’s most dependable network. The other Lifeline program providers can't claim that!


For questions about lifeline provider Life Wireless, eligible consumers are encouraged to visit our Contact Us page here.

To enroll now, use the Life Wireless Online Enrollment form.



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