Telephone discounts can help local residents
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) is helping Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in spreading the word about Lifeline and the Telephone Assistance Program (TAP) for low-income Minnesotans. Lifeline is a federal program for land and cell phones, and TAP is a state-funded program. Both help make phone service more affordable through discounts to taxpayers’ phone bills.
Minnesotans are eligible if they are at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines ($32,738 for a family of four), or if they take part in certain qualifying programs, including Medicaid, SNAP, the Minnesota Family Investment Program, LIHEAP, or even the National School Free Lunch Program. Lifeline currently offers most customers a $9.25 discount per month, and TAP gives landline customers in Minnesota an additional $3.50 discount.
“It may not seem like much, but the monthly discounts found here could cover the cost of school lunch for an entire week. When a family is living paycheck to paycheck, every single dollar counts. The modest discounts provided by Lifeline and TAP can make a big difference in people’s lives,” said Sen. Tomassoni. “About half of eligible people across the country don’t take advantage of the phone discounts that are available, mostly because they just don’t know about the program.”
To learn more details about the program and learn if they are eligible, interested Minnesotans can find out more at www.mn.gov/puc under “Consumers.” They can also contact the PUC at 800 657-3782 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about legislative events or legislation, Senator Tomassoni can be reached at 651 296-8017.