CARSON CITY — The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) is promoting Lifeline Awareness Week, Sept. 20-24. The Lifeline Assistance Program is a government benefit program supported 

by the Universal Service Fund that provides a discount on voice or broadband services for qualifying lowincome consumers.

The PUCN wants residents to “stay connected” and is reaching out to those who need voice or broadband services but can’t afford it. Lifeline helps low-income consumers connect to the nation’s communications networks, find jobs, access health care services, connect with family, and call for help in an emergency. 

Lifeline provides qualifying low-income consumers with monthly discounts on voice, broadband, or bundled voice and broadband service.

Consumers can receive up to $9.25 in federal Lifeline benefits and an additional $3.50 from the Nevada 

Lifeline fund, for a possible combined benefit of $12.75 for non-tribal consumers. Certain eligible tribal 

consumers can receive up to $34.25 in federal Lifeline discounts. Non-tribal consumers qualify for Lifeline if: 

1. They participate in certain federal benefits programs (such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Federal Public Housing assistance, or the Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit).  

2. Their household income is at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The Lifeline discount is limited to one benefit per household.

More information on program eligibility and how to apply directly through the National Eligibility Verifier, including links to a list of Lifeline providers in Nevada, is available at www.lifelinesupport.org. Downloadable materials about the Lifeline program are available on the “Community Outreach” page, including “How to Apply” fact sheets in English and Spanish as well as for tribal consumers.

For additional Lifeline application support, consumers also may contact their provider of telephone or internet service, including wireless providers. If your wireless provider is a designated Eligible Telecommunications Carrier, it should offer the Lifeline discount. Check the PUCN’s website to see if your provider is a designated Eligible Telecommunications Carrier.

Lifeline is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Co. and information on the National Eligibility Verifier, along with other resources, also is available at usac.org/lifeline