Digital connection: Eligible Virginians qualify for monthly broadband services discount
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Digital connection: Eligible Virginians qualify for monthly broadband services discount

Rebecca Barnabi
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This week is National Digital Connectivity and Lifeline Awareness Week.

From September 11 to 15, 2023, the State Corporation Commission (SCC) brings attention to an important communications resource for low-income Virginians. The Lifeline program is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and provides a monthly discount of up to $9.25 on qualifying voice and broadband services for eligible subscribers.

Internet access is a necessity for Virginians to stay digitally connected. You could be eligible for the Lifeline benefit if your income falls below a certain level, at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, or if you participate in one of the following federal assistance programs:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit

Companies participating in the Lifeline program can help with enrollment. You can also use the National Verifier to check your eligibility and sign up for the Lifeline benefit. Contact area providers to see if they participate.

To learn more about the Lifeline program and the National Verifier, and to see if you are eligible, call 1-800-234-9473, email [email protected] or visit or the FCC website at You may also contact USAC at [email protected].

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.