Financial Assistance

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

Michigan Broadband Services encourages eligible low-income residential customers to take advantage of available discounts on their services through the federal Lifeline Program and the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

You Could be Eligible for Discounts on Your Local Phone and Broadband Services.

View the options below.


LIFELINE

The Lifeline Program provides discounts for voice-only services, bundles of voice and broadband services or broadband-only services if they are eligible and subscribe to qualified service plans.

Customers residing in Michigan who participate in one of the programs listed below will receive a discount ranging from $8.25 to $11.25 per month (up to $12.35 for customers age 65 or older) on voice or bundles of voice and broadband services. The discount amount depends on the service a customer subscribes to and the type of company providing those services.

Customers who live on federally-recognized Tribal lands may be eligible to receive up to $34.25 in total per month discounts and up to $100 off the cost of initiating service. More details are available here.

  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Asssitance
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit Programs
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance (Tribal Residents only)
  • Head Start (Tribal residents only)
  • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal residents only)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (Tribal residents only)
  • Household income below 135% of Federal Poverty Guidelines

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The Lifeline Program is a government assistance program. The service is non-transferable, only eligible consumers may enroll in the program, and the program is limited to one discount per household. Please review the application carefully to ensure compliance with the federal regulations. For more information, please click here.


Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

Congress recently created the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) that will replace the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program). Households enrolled in the EBB Program as of 12/31/21 will continue to receive their current monthly benefit during a 60-day transition period.

The ACP will provide a discount of up to $30 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands.

Who Is Eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program?

A household is eligible if one member of the household:

  • Has an income that is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines;
  • Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;
  • Participates in Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations;.
  • approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income program.

Learn more about ACP HERE

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