This map is not a guarantee of coverage. It only estimates coverage; actual service coverage and service quality may vary, and are not guaranteed under the Terms of Service.

What is the Lifeline Program?

To ensure eligible Americans have access to critical communication services the Federal Communication Commission established the Lifeline Assistance service in 1985. Lifeline is a government benefit program. Over 32 million households are eligible to receive free communication services for safety, economic viability, and connection to their families and communities.

If you, or one of your dependents, participate in one of these programs, your household may be eligible for the federal government Lifeline supported benefits.


Qualifying for Lifeline Phone Service

Customers may qualify for Lifeline by participation in assistance programs or by income:

Qualify by Program
  • Medicaid / Medi-Cal
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) / CalFresh
  • Social Security Income (SSI)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • Tribally Administered TANF
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally Administered Head Start (Meeting the income-qualifying standards of Head Start)
Qualify by Income

Income Guidelines

Persons in Household Most States* California
1 $17,388 $28,500
2 $23,517 $28,500
3 $29,646 $33,100
4 $35,775 $40,300
5 $41,904 $47,500
6 $48,033 $54,700
7 $54,162 $61,900
8 $60,291 $69,100
For each add’l person, add $6,129 $7,200

*Based on 135% of the 2021 Federal Poverty Guideline.
Note: Some states have different income guidelines. Find my state’s guidelines.