Lifeline is a federal program created in 1985 to help low-income consumers afford telephone service. The program now includes wireless service and broadband internet, and helps low-income victims and survivors of domestic violence in every state and territory afford voice and broadband service. But the FCC may devastate the program by drastically reducing the number of eligible service providers and limiting the reach of Lifeline. The FCC’s proposals would raise costs for two-thirds of current Lifeline households, including victims and survivors of domestic violence whose access to affordable communications can be a matter of life and death.
Lifeline is a life-saving program for victims of domestic violence.