Lifeline Rate Program

The Lifeline Program, a government assistance program subsidized through the Universal Service Fund, provides discounted telephone or internet service for low-income consumers.

COVID Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Federal Communications Commission has launched the temporary  Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to help qualifying low-income households with broadband internet expenses. Eligible MEC internet customers can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on service
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
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The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

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General Lifeline Program

To be eligible for Lifeline, you must meet income-based requirements (< 150% of the federal poverty level) or participate in one of the following programs:

  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly Food Stamps 
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF)
  • National School Free Lunch Program (NSL)

Your eligibility to participate in these programs will be verified by MEC or an authorized state agency. Lifeline is non-transferable and is limited to one discount per household (i.e. phone OR internet). Only eligible consumers may enroll and a household cannot receive Lifeline benefits from multiple providers.

Enrollees will receive a monthly credit on their MEC bill. Residents of federally recognized tribal lands may receive an additional reduction. Additional state support may be available.

Residential Discount for Internet or Phone

  • Lifeline Discount: $9.25 internet, $7.25 phone
  • Lifeline Senior: $9.25 internet, $12.35 phone
  • Lifeline Tribal: $34.25

Download Lifeline Rate Application

For more information about this program, please visit lifelinesupport.org.