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 announced an upcoming program to provide assistance to individuals struggling during the pandemic. The start date has not been determined. Please for more information.

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

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