Lifeline

Lifeline Broadband Providers (LBPs)

Due to recent changes, EveryoneOn's Lifeline Resource Center provides information based on now-pending Lifeline modernization efforts. Check back for updates.

Lifeline Broadband Providers (LBPs) are a critical component in providing this federal subsidy for at-home Internet to low-income people in the United States. We appreciate your support in this effort.

In becoming an LBP, an Internet service provider chooses to participate in the Lifeline program, which means that they will accept the Lifeline subsidy of $9.25 a month from the government in exchange for providing service to Lifeline-eligible customers.

The FCC’s Lifeline Broadband Provider (LBP) designation process received Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval on October 03, 2016, and service providers may now begin to submit petitions to request LBP status.

For a list of submitted petitions and their current status, see the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) register of pending petitions. Interested parties can submit comments on the petitions to the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) on WC Docket No. 09-197.

For complete information, the FCC recommends referring to the Lifeline Modernization Order. The discussion of becoming an LBP begins with paragraph 274.

How to Become an LBP

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is a nonprofit organization contracted by the FCC to administer the Lifeline program. USAC has created a useful resource for providers seeking LBP designation. The following is excerpted from their work.


STEP 1: Becoming an LBP

The FCC recently published new and clarifying information for providers seeking to become LBPs in this Public Notice.

Streamlined Designation Process

Providers may go through a streamlined LBP designation process if they:

  1.  serve at least 1,000 non-Lifeline customers with voice and/or high-speed Internet at the time of filing; and
  2. have offered broadband to the public for at least two years without interruption preceding the filing.

If a provider fulfills these criteria, the streamlined designation will be deemed granted 60 days from the complete submission of an application if the FCC has not removed the petition from streamlined treatment.

What an LBP Petition Entails

See the FCC’s Public Notice on applications for more details.

A service provider must:

  1. Certify their compliance with service standards applicable to the support they receive, including minimum service standards.
  2. Certify their ability to remain functional in emergency situations.
  3. Certify their compliance with applicable consumer protection and service quality standards.
  4. Demonstrate they are financially and technically capable of providing the Lifeline service in compliance with subpart E of Part 54 of the FCC’s rules.

Minimum Service Standards

Date Mobile Voice Mobile Broadband Fixed Broadband Monthly Voice Support (Mobile and Fixed) Monthly Broadband Support (Mobile and Fixed)
12/2/2016 500 Minutes Speed: 3G or better
Usage Allowance: 500 MB
Speed: 10/1 Mbps
Usage Allowance: 150 GB
$9.25 $9.25
12/1/2017 750 Minutes Speed: 3G or WCB Updated Standard
Usage Allowance: 1 GB
Speed: Updating Mechanism
Usage Allowance: CAF Standard or Bureau Determination
$9.25 $9.25
12/1/2018 1000 Minutes Speed: 3G or WCB Updated Standard
Usage Allowance: 2 GB
Speed: Updating Mechanism
Usage Allowance: CAF Standard or Bureau Determination
$9.25 $9.25
12/1/2019 1000 Minutes Speed: 3G or WCB Updated Standard
Usage Allowance: Updating Mechanism
Speed: Updating Mechanism
Usage Allowance: CAF Standard or Bureau Determination
$7.25 $9.25
12/1/2020 1000 Minutes Speed: 3G or WCB Updated Standard
Usage Allowance: Updating Mechanism
Speed: Updating Mechanism
Usage Allowance: CAF Standard or Bureau Determination
$5.25 $9.25
12/1/2021 1000 Minutes Speed: 3G or WCB Updated Standard
Usage Allowance: Updating Mechanism
Speed: Updating Mechanism
Usage Allowance: CAF Standard or Bureau Determination
$0, except in areas with only one Lifeline provider $9.25

EveryoneOn welcomes Internet Service Providers to join the Lifeline program as Lifeline Broadband Providers. For more information, please see USAC’s Lifeline resource page for Service Providers.