FCC’s Lifeline Program Offers Discounts for Phone and Broadband Service
Many programs/grantees have requested information related to the purchase of cell phone minutes for clients. While SAMHSA grant funds may not be used for this purpose, we wanted to ensure you were aware of this very important resource. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Lifeline program provides monthly discounts on phone and broadband service to qualifying low-income consumers. For more information on the program and how to apply, please visit https://www.lifelinesupport.org/.
Many fixed (landline) Lifeline carriers already offer unlimited local and toll-free calling to their subscribers, and mobile wireless Lifeline carriers that are temporarily offering unlimited calling to subscribers during the COVID-19 pandemic include the following:
- Q Link Wireless (until May 31st)
- TracFone, through its SafeLink Wireless brand (until May 29th)
- Virgin Mobile, through its Assurance Wireless brand (until May 20th)
To find Lifeline carriers in your area, please visit this webpage.