The Federal Communication Commission has information about Lifeline on its website. Lifeline offers a discount on home telephone service, and free cell phones with time and data usage, to low-income Americans.Continue Reading
In 2015, applicants qualify for Lifeline if their income is below 135 percent of the federal poverty level. Participants in federal assistance programs also qualify. Programs include Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, food stamps and the school lunch program.
Applicants determined to be eligible receive only the home phone discount or the free cell phone.
The Lifeline program has provided discounts since 1985 and cell phones since 2005. Lifeline is funded through the Universal Service Fund.Learn more about Social Services