Lifeline Awareness Week (September 14 - 18, 2020).

The Regulatory Commission of Alaska joins the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in raising awareness of and increasing participation in Lifeline. 

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.

For more information and to apply, visit:  How to Get Lifeline.

Lifeline During COVID-19 Pandemic

To help keep Americans connected during the coronavirus pandemic, the FCC has temporarily waived recertification, reverification, general de-enrollment, subscriber usage, income documentation, and documentation requirements for subscribers residing in rural areas on Tribal lands, and has extended those waivers until Nov. 30, 2020.  The FCC has also made it easier for individuals who have lost their employment during the coronavirus pandemic and who qualify for Lifeline benefits to enroll in the Lifeline program.  On April 29, 2020, the FCC temporarily waived the requirement that consumers seeking to qualify for the program based on their income must provide at least three consecutive months of income documentation. On June 1, the FCC streamlined Lifeline service enrollment for consumers living in rural Tribal areas. These changes will also stay in effect through Nov. 30, 2020.

Date Issued: 9/13/2020