What is the LifeLine Phone program?
The LifeLine phone program is a government-funded program that provides free monthly telephone service (cell or landline) to eligible California residents – those for whom California is their permanent home.
Both the state government and federal government offer LifeLine programs, and if you qualify, you have your choice of participating in either. In this guide, we discuss only the California LifeLine program, since this guide is a California legal guide.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) sponsors the California LifeLine program by proving affordable local home telephone service to qualifying low-income persons.
Cal. Public Utilities Code § 871.7. ↑
See California LifeLine, https://www.californialifeline.com/en/eligibility_requirements. ↑
See Cal. Public Utilities Code §§ 871-884.5. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sponsors the Federal Lifeline program, which is an alternative program offering slightly fewer but similar benefits on a national scale. ↑