Today the FCC rejected a bid by New York, Connecticut, Georgia, Nebraska, and Vermont to delay the FCC’s Lifeline national verifier program. The States had requested more time to build out a verification network to qualify residents in their states. But since the request was denies, this means the States must let the FCC have access to their databases to find out if Americans are receiving benefits that would qualify them to receive a discounted phone or home internet.
In a statement posted on their website, the FCC said “that Petitioners have not asserted facts or circumstances sufficient to meet the Commission’s waiver standard, nor do we find that the public interest would be served by granting the requested waivers.”
This is great news for cord cutters who qualify for the program. Now it will be easier to get signed up and verified to get a discounted phone and internet service.
So what is the FCC LifeLine program?
The FCC Lifeline offers home internet and phone service to qualifying internet customers. With this plan, you can get home internet for as low as $9.25 a month.
You can qualify for this program if you have:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
- Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
- Tribal Programs (and live on federally recognized Tribal lands)
You can find out if you qualify for FCC’s LifeLine service HERE.
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