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Universal Services: Financial Assistance for Tribal Lands

Congress, the States, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have expressed the importance of promoting universal service, i.e., ensuring that all households that want access to the telecommunications network are able to afford it. The Lifeline and Link Up programs, which directly benefit eligible low-income consumers, provide financial assistance to low-income telephone subscribers and ensure that low-income Americans can afford telephone service.

Enhanced benefits are provided to low-income consumers who live on a federally recognized Indian Tribe’s reservation, pueblo, or colony; on a former reservation in Oklahoma; within an Indian allotment; or within an Alaska Native region established by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

To learn more about the enhanced Lifeline and Link Up programs, see our consumer guide.

Reviewed: September 29, 2014

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