FCC drops some phone subsidies on tribal lands
November 20, 2017
Federal regulators approved major changes Thursday to a program that discounts phone service for low-income residents on tribal land.
About 12.5 million people nationwide use Lifeline, a program created more than 30 years ago to improve access to phone service. It gives subscribers a $9.25 monthly discount. About 500,000 of those subscribers on tribal lands get an extra $25 off per month. In South Dakota, nearly 9,000 people use the Lifeline program.