Government Low Income Phone Service Discount
You may be eligible for a discount on your home phone service if you meet the US Government guidelines for their Lifeline program: Affordable Telephone Service for Income-Eligible Subscribers.
Lifeline is a government subsidized benefit program. Eligible low-income subscribers can receive a monthly discount, currently $9.25 per month, on home telephone service fees. If you live on a federally recognized Indian reservation you can receive enhanced benefits.
Everyone needs a landline or other type of phone service in today’s world. Families without phone service are at an extreme disadvantage in case of emergency, contacting prospective employers, children’s schools, etc.
That being said, Even the cheapest landline phone service may exceed the budget of some low income households. The Government requires all telecommunications service providers including landline telephone companies, wireless telephone services, and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) providers to contribute to the federal Universal Service Fund (USF). This fund is used to provide telephone service discounts to eligible home phone service customers.
See the FCC Lifeline Phone Discount page to see if you are eligible for the telephone service subsidy.
Some telephone providers also offer Lifeline Low Income Phone Service information.:
If you meet the Low Income Phone Service requirements of the Lifeline program, take advantage of the monthly phone bill discount.