Funding guide

FCC - Lifeline Program


Broadband Funding Guide

Federal Communications Commission


Federal Agency

Federal Communications Commission

Agency Overview

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the commission is the United States' primary authority for communications law, regulation and technological innovation.

Program Name

Lifeline Program

Program Overview

The Lifeline program provides a discount on phone and broadband service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that those services bring, including being able to connect to jobs, family, and emergency services.

Program Purpose
  • Broadband Adoption
Eligible Recipients
  • Other: Eligible Telecommunications Carriers

Agency Contact

Telecommunications Access Policy Division
FCC Wireline Competition Bureau
(202) 418-7400

Funding Type

Subsidy

FY2018 Funding Amount

$1,212,800,000