​LifeLine and Linkup

Lifeline is a Wisconsin Universal Service Fund program that makes essential telecommunications more affordable for low-income households by reducing monthly telephone charges. Most telephone companies that provide local residential service in Wisconsin are required to offer this program to their residential customers.

Customers must apply for Lifeline through their local telephone company provider.

Wisconsin Lifeline Brochure (English) Lifeline.pdf
Order Form for Lifeline Brochures llOrderForm.pdf
Wisconsin Lifeline Provider Listing and Contact Telephone Numbers llContacts.pdf

Interested Customers

  • You can receive Lifeline discounts on only one telephone number – either wireless or wireline but not both – per household.
  • If you are interested in Lifeline financial assistance, find your provider on this list, then call your provider and say that you want to apply for Lifeline benefits (see note below).
  • A map showing wireline local exchange service providers by area is lifeline map, but not all providers offer Lifeline discounts.

Note: Pursuant to an order by the Federal Communications Commission, the Link-Up program that assisted low-income individuals when starting telephone service by waiving the one-time connection charges has been discontinued as of April 1, 2012, and the Wisconsin program has been suspended. Other options for help obtaining telephone service may be available. Contact the Public Service Commission for more information.