Lifeline Program


Lifeline is a non-transferable government benefit program that provides monthly discounts on one telephone service (landline or wireless) or eligible broadband service for qualified low-income consumers in every state, territory, and commonwealth, and on Tribal lands. You must be eligible to enroll, and you must recertify your eligibility with the service provider every year. Federal rules prohibit eligible consumers from receiving more than one Lifeline service per household.

Am I Eligible?

An individual may be eligible for the program-supported service if he or she has a household income at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, or if they receive benefits from one of the following qualifying programs:

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit Program
  • Medicaid

Consumers residing on Tribal lands may be eligible for program-supported service if their household income is at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, if they participate in one of the five federal programs listed in the left column, or in one of the following programs:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) General Assistance
  • Tribal-administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
  • Tribal Head Start (only those households meeting income qualifying standard)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

More information about eligibility and how to apply for benefits is available with the Universal Service Administrative Company. You may also call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 or NDTC at 662-1100. North Dakota Telephone Company’s telephone service and internet services are Lifeline and Link Up supported services.

Link Up

Link Up reduces the cost of initiating new telephone service to eligible residents of Tribal lands at the subscriber’s principal place of residence. Consumers can receive a 100% discount off the one-time costs of initiating service.

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