Need Help Paying for Your Telephone or Internet Bill?
Lifeline is a federal program that provides monthly assistance for qualifying households on residential telephone or broadband service. Eligible Telecommunication Carriers (ETC) or Lifeline Broadband Providers (LBP) offer the service types listed below to qualified consumers. The Lifeline benefit is limited to one per household and may be applied to one of the following services:
• Fixed Voice
• Mobile Voice
• Fixed Broadband
• Mobile Broadband
• Voice and Broadband Bundle
You may qualify for Lifeline if you or your household participates in any of the following programs:
- • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- • Medicaid
- • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit
Your total household income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Additional assistance is available for eligible residents living on tribal lands.
The FCC’s 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order directed USAC to develop a National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier (National Verifier) to determine all subscriber eligibility. The implementation of the National Verifier will shift the obligation of determining subscriber eligibility – for both initial certification and the annual recertification –from service providers to the National Verifier upon deployment in each state. Mississippi is one of six states to be selected to be in the first wave of implementation of the National Verifier. In Mississippi, the National Verifier will use the Mississippi SNAP database to verify participation as well as the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to verify participation in federal public housing assistance programs. At the current time, if a consumer uses another program for eligibility such as Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, Veterans Pension or Survivors Benefit Program or a Tribal-Specific program, it will require a manual eligibility review that may necessitate the submission of documents which supports the consumer’s participation.
The National Verifier became mandatory on November 2, 2018. Service providers and consumers may check eligibility using the National Verifier portal. Also, consumers and service providers are required to use the federal lifeline application. More information concerning the implementation of the National Verifier may be found at: USAC National Verifier
Lifeline is a federal benefit; only one Lifeline service is available per household; a household cannot receive benefits from multiple providers such as broadband, wireline, and wireless services; a household is defined for Lifeline eligibility as any individual or group of individuals who live together at the same address and share their income and expenses (economic unit); and Lifeline is a non-transferable benefit. Violation of the one per household rule requirement would constitute a violation of the Federal Communications Commission's rules and would result in the consumer's de-enrollment from the program, and potentially, prosecution by the United States government.
|135% OF THE 2019 FEDERAL POVERTY GUIDELINES|
|Persons in Family or Household||Yearly
|For each additional person, add||$5,967||$497||$115|