Programs funded by the federal government can assist with the cost of phone and internet service.
- Lifeline (assistance for phone and internet service)
- Affordable Connectivity Program (assistance for internet service)
Please note: The Affordable Connectivity Program will stop accepting new applications and enrollments on February 7, 2024. Funding for the program is projected to run through April 2024. This date is an estimate and may change. Once the program ends, households will no longer receive the ACP discount on their monthly internet bill. Subscribers who participate in the ACP are also encouraged to see if they qualify for the Lifeline program. Visit https://www.affordableconnectivity.gov/ for more information about this update.
This program helps lower the monthly cost for phone service, internet service, or bundled services for low-income households to help Iowans stay connected to jobs, family, community resources, and government and emergency services.
Eligible households can get up to $9.25 off the monthly cost of phone, internet or bundled services. If you live on tribal lands, you can receive up to $34.25 per month for this service, and up to a $100 reduction for first-time connection charges.
Review the list of Iowa companies providing Lifeline Services.
For eligibility requirements or questions about the Lifeline Services program, visit LifelineSupport.org. Here you will find out how to apply, details on how to manage your benefits, educational materials, and where to go to receive help.
Lifeline Voice-Only Phase-Out paused for a year; minimum service standards continue
On July 7, 2023, the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) paused the phase-out of Lifeline support for voice-only services for an additional year. As such, the basic Lifeline support of $5.25 remains available to eligible consumers who subscribe to voice-only service until at least December 1, 2024. WCB also paused the increase of the Lifeline minimum service standard for mobile broadband data capacity for an additional year. As such, the minimum service standard for mobile broadband data capacity will remain at 4.5 GB per month until at least December 1, 2024.
On July 21, 2023, WCB announced the fixed broadband minimum service standard for data usage will continue to be 1,280 GB per month.