What is the Lifeline Program?

The Lifeline Program is a government program that provides a monthly discount on communications services which may include broadband internet, phone (landline or wireless), or bundles to eligible low-income households.

The Lifeline discount can lower or eliminate the cost of your monthly phone or internet bills. Only one discount is available per household for internet, landline or wireless service, but not all three.

Internet service must meet minimum service standards.

Who's eligible?

(California residents have different Lifeline eligibility criteria and should visit https://californialifeline.com/en for more information.)

You may be eligible for Lifeline credits if you have a household income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or if you participate in one of the following programs.

  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP))
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Veteran's Pension and Survivor’s Pension Benefits

Additionally, if you reside on Tribal lands, you may be eligible to receive Tribal Enhanced Lifeline credits.

Lifeline is non-transferable and only eligible consumers may enroll in the program. Other criteria established on a state level may also qualify you for Lifeline assistance. You can learn more about Lifeline by visiting: www.lifelinesupport.org/

How to apply?

How you apply depends on where you live.

Select from one of the states below.
(Blue states reflect where Lifeline is available from TDS).

Not finding what you're looking for?

Visit our support site for FAQs, how-tos, and other useful resources.