Lifeline Extended

Posted: December 18, 2020

The Federal Communications Commission extended broadband Lifeline services through February 2021 in an attempt to keep low-income users and those impacted by the ongoing pandemic connected to vital broadband services.

Lifeline is the FCC’s program to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers. Lifeline provides subscribers a discount on monthly telephone service, broadband internet service, or bundled voice-broadband packages purchased from participating wireline or wireless providers. The discount helps ensure that low-income consumers can afford 21st-century broadband and the access it provides to jobs, health care, and educational resources.

The opportunities presented here are sure to drastically benefit TNBA members, and, more importantly, the users they serve.

“One thing we have learned through this pandemic is the importance of broadband to stay connected with work, school and friends and family,” said Levoy Knowles, TNBA executive director. “Reliable broadband accessibility is critical to meet needs for education, telemedicine, telecommuting and overall quality of life.”

Lifeline provides up to a $9.25 monthly discount on service for eligible low-income subscribers. Subscribers may receive a Lifeline discount on either a wired or a wireless service, but they may not receive a discount on both services at the same time. Lifeline also supports broadband internet service and broadband-voice bundles. FCC rules prohibit more than one Lifeline service per household.

For more information about the Lifeline program, visit the Federal Communications Commission site.