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Enhanced Tribal Benefit

Lifeline customers on Tribal lands can receive a discount of up to $34.25 per month, and up to a $100 reduction for first-time connection charges at their primary residence.

Enhanced Monthly Support

Subscribers who qualify for enhanced Lifeline support can receive a discount of up to $25 per month in addition to the standard federal benefit of up to $9.25 if they live on federally-recognized Tribal lands.

To enroll a subscriber for the enhanced monthly support amount, select “Yes” in NLAD for both the “Tribal Address?” and “Lifeline Tribal Benefit?” fields.

Service providers must pass through the full Tribal lands support amount to the subscriber.

Tribal Link Up

Link Up assistance provides a 100% reduction (up to $100) of the charge for starting telecommunications service at a Tribal Lifeline subscriber’s primary residence. Link Up is available to subscribers who reside on federally-recognized Tribal lands and use a facilities-based service provider that receives High Cost Program support. Link Up is a one-time benefit per address; subscribers can request Link Up once for each change of primary residential address.

For service initiation charges of up to $200, Link Up also provides a deferred, no-interest payment plan to the subscriber for up to one year.

Service providers can only claim reimbursement for the difference between the customary connection/interest charge and the actual charge.

Before providing Link Up to the subscriber, check NLAD to confirm whether they have previously received a Link Up benefit at their address.

Eligible Tribal Lands

For a nationwide map showing all federally-recognized Tribal lands eligible for enhanced Lifeline support go to:

Federally-recognized Tribal lands shown on the nationwide map above include:

  • Former reservations in Oklahoma:
  • Alaska Native regions established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (view maps: 2010 U.S. Census American Indians and Alaska Natives Map – Alaska, State of Alaska ANCSA Boundaries Map)
  • Indian allotments
  • Hawaiian 九游会官网登录 home Lands (view map: 2010 U.S. Census Hawaiian 九游会官网登录 homelands)
  • Any land approved as Tribal for the purposes of the Lifeline Program by the FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy and Wireline Competition Bureau

USAC has developed a mapping tool in the NLAD for service providers to use to determine if a Lifeline applicant resides on Tribal lands.