Vermont Lifeline Information

Lifeline Phone Service Quick Start Guide

#1 Do you want a cell phone or landline?

Search for providers that offer the type of service you want by filtering by that service type or by looking at the "services available" for a provider. The available services are wireless (cell phone), landline or both.

#2 Select a provider

Browse thru the list of Vermont Lifeline Phone Service Providers and locate ones that offer service in your area. If you are not sure which ones provide services in your area you may want to check your city or county website, visit the providers website or call the provider for more information.

#3 Check eligibility

You can be eligible for Lifeline service by being enrolled in another government program such as SNAP (food stamps), Housing Assistance (section 8) and many others. Check the "Eligibility By Program" list for the provider you have selected, if you are enrolled in any of the programs listed then you are eligible.

You may also be eligible for service based on your income if you are not enrolled in any of the programs listed. This option is not always available, review the "Eligibility by Income" for your selected provider for further details.

#4 Apply

The "How to Apply" section will provide directions on how to apply for service with your selected provider.

Vermont Lifeline Service Providers


TDS Telecom


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 888-225-5837
Website: Click to visit site

Eligibility by Program

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Medicaid
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Additional criteria may apply if you are 65 or older, call the Senior Help Line at 1-800-642-5119
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

How to Apply for TDS Telecom Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call the Department of Children and Families directly at 800-287-0589. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from TDS Telecom at http://www.tdstelecom.com . An application can be obtained via phone.

Telephone Operating Co. of VT (FairPoint)


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 866-984-2001
Website: Click to visit site

Eligibility by Program

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Medicaid
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • For people 65 and older there is an income criterion of 175% of the FPG.
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

How to Apply for Telephone Operating Co. of VT (FairPoint) Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call VT Dept. of Children & Families directly at 800-287-0589. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Telephone Operating Co. of VT (FairPoint) at http://www.fairpoint.com . An application can be obtained from Vermont Dept. of Children & Families .

Waitsfield-Fayston Telephone Co., Inc.


Services Available: Landline
Phone Number: 800-496-3391
Website: Click to visit site

Eligibility by Program

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Medicaid
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • For people 65 and older there is a income criterion of 175% of the FPG.
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands

Eligibility by Income

Total household income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

How to Apply for Waitsfield-Fayston Telephone Co., Inc. Lifeline Service

To apply for Lifeline call the Department for Children and Families directly at 1-800-287-0589. You may find more information about Lifeline and other telephone services available from Waitsfield-Fayston Telephone Co., Inc. at http://www.wcvt.com . An application can be obtained via phone, or from Department for Children and Families.
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