Lifeline and ACP in Tennessee
What is the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)?
The ACP is run by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The ACP offers a monthly discount of up to $30 (up to $75 if you’re living on qualified Tribal land) on your monthly broadband services if your household is eligible. Part of the ACP benefits includes a one-time discount of up to $100 toward an internet-capable connected device like a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. You are required to pay a co-pay between $10-$50 towards the connected device.
What is the Lifeline phone program?
Lifeline is designed to lower the cost of your monthly phone service. If your household is eligible for Lifeline, you’ll receive a $9.25 discount on your monthly phone, internet, or bundled services. If you live on qualifying Tribal lands, you’ll receive a discount of up to $34.25.
How To Get Free Phone Service in Tennessee
If you qualify for Lifeline and ACP, and you live in Tennessee, you may be eligible for a discounted or free smartphone or an LTE-enabled hotspot device with TruConnect! This plan includes free monthly phone service too!
TruConnect's ACP Offering in Tennessee
TruConnect has a FREE plan if you qualify for the ACP benefit. Our stand-alone free ACP service plan includes unlimited data with at least 8 GB of 4G LTE data with Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, and a SIM card. You may also qualify for a discounted or free LTE-enabled hotspot device or Google Play Certified LTE Android™ smartphone.
We also offer MyTruConnect, the easiest, most convenient and secure way to manage your account. Check your usage, update account info, get updates on new features, connect to our Wi-Fi networks across the country, earn credits for more products, learn about giveaways, and more. You can download the MyTruConnect app now to start managing your account!
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Income Qualifications for ACP and Lifeline
Qualifying for Lifeline and ACP is based on income or program participation. If your household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, you are eligible for the ACP benefit. The income eligibility chart for ACP qualifications can be found below:
ACP Benefit Qualifying Programs
If a member of your household participates in one of the following government assistance programs, that qualifies your household for the ACP benefit:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which used to be called Food Stamps
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Federal Housing Assistance, including:
- Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (Section 8 Vouchers)
- Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)/Section 202/ Section 811
- Public Housing
- Affordable Housing Programs for American Indians, Alaska Natives or Native Hawaiians
- Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schools
- Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year
- Participates in one of these assistance programs and lives on Qualifying Tribal lands:
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Tribal TANF
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
- Tribal Head Start (income based)
Lifeline Program Qualifications in Tennessee
If a member of your household participates in one of the following government programs, your household qualifies for Lifeline.
Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Veteran and Survivors Pension Benefit
Tribal assistance programs like the Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Head Start (if you qualify by income), Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
Lifeline Phone Program Application in Tennessee
Apply for Lifeline online now!
Affordable Connectivity Program Application in Tennessee
Apply to the ACP benefit online now!
Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Program FAQs in Tennessee
Are the Affordable Connectivity Program and the Lifeline phone programs legitimate?
Yes. Lifeline and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) are both federally funded programs, administered through the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC).
Is the ACP program permanent?
The ACP is part of a new, long-term 14-billion-dollar program designed to help low-income households gain access to broadband services.
How do I get a free US government phone?
The free phone doesn’t come from the government. TruConnect offers a free Android smartphone with our free ACP monthly phone service plans.
Can you have ACP and Lifeline at the same time?
Yes, if you qualify for both programs.
Is EBB and Lifeline the same program?
No, they are different programs. Lifeline is a monthly discount on phone or broadband, or bundled voice/broadband services. The EBB was a separate benefit program that has been replaced with the ACP. The ACP offers a monthly discount on broadband services, along with a one-time discount on an internet-capable device. If you qualify for Lifeline, you also qualify for the ACP, though you will still need to enroll.