Two programs funded by the federal government can assist with the cost of phone and internet service. Qualified consumers can apply for both programs:
- Lifeline (assistance for phone and internet service)
- Affordable Connectivity Program (assistance for internet service)
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 instructions to apply online, through a phone or internet company. Instructions to apply by mail.
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.
Affordable Connectivity Program
This program will help connect families struggling to afford internet service. You can apply for the program by visiting
ACPBenefit.org. Internet Service providers can also enroll consumers in this program through the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD).
Eligible households can receive:
Up to a $30/month discount on internet service
Up to a $75/month discount if the household is on qualifying Tribal lands
A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of between $10 and $50)
A possible low-cost service plan through a separate non-FCC initiative. Visit GetInternet.gov to learn more.