You could be eligible for discounts on your local phone and broadband services.

 

Your telecommunications provider encourages eligible low-income residential customers to take advantage of available discounts on their services though the federal Lifeline program and Michigan-specific discounts. 

Customers with limited incomes can receive discounts, the amount of which depends on how the customer qualifies for the program. In addition, the federal Lifeline program allows customers to choose to have the discount applied to certain broadband services if they are eligible and subscribe to qualified service plans. Michigan-specific discounts do not apply to broadband services unless the service plan includes a voice component.

There are different discount amounts available depending on the criteria a customer uses to qualify for the program. They are:

Group A. Customers who participate in one of the programs listed below will receive both a federal Lifeline program discount and a Michigan-specific discount totaling $11.25 per month (up to $12.35 for customers age 65 or older) on voice or bundles of voice and broadband services. Customers who live on federally-recognized Tribal lands may be eligible to receive up to $34.25 in total per month discounts and up to $100 off the cost of initiating service. More details are available at https://www.lifelinesupport.org/ls/tribal-lands.aspx. (The Michigan-specific discounts do not apply to “broadband-only” services so these services will only receive the $9.25 federal Lifeline discount.)

  • Medicaid

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance (Tribal residents only)

  • Head Start (Tribal residents only)

  • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal residents only)

  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (Tribal residents only)

  • Household income below 135% of Federal Poverty guideline

Group B. Customers who participate in one of the programs listed below do not qualify for the federal Lifeline program but will receive a Michigan-specific discount totaling $10.25 per month (up to $12.35 for customers age 65 or older) on voice or bundles of voice and broadband services. (The Michigan-specific discounts do not apply to “broadband-only” services.)

  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

  • National School Lunch Program

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

  • Household income between 135% - 150% of Federal Poverty guideline

Group C. Customers who participate in one of the programs listed below will receive a federal discount of $9.25 per month on voice, broadband or bundles of voice and broadband services. Customers in this group do not automatically qualify for the Michigan-specific discounts, however some service providers may choose to offer them. (The Michigan-specific discounts do not apply to “broadband-only” services.)

  • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit Programs

MORE INFORMATION AND APPLICATIONS

If you or someone you know satisfies the above requirements, you can apply directly with the Lifeline National Verifier or contact your service provider for assistance. If you have questions or need any further information, please visit www.lifelinesupport.org.

Regulations established by the Federal Communications Commission for the federal Lifeline program prohibit any household from receiving more than one Lifeline discount and Lifeline customers will be asked to verify their continued eligibility for the program on a regular basis.

The federal Lifeline program is a government assistance program, the service is non-transferable, only eligible consumers may enroll in the program, and the program is limited to one discount per household. Please review the application carefully to ensure compliance with federal regulations.

* For additional information on rates, terms, conditions and service features for Lifeline discounts, please consult the local exchange tariffs or website of your local phone company.