[Missouri-l] Fw: [leadership] FW: Info re Lifeline and LinkUp Discount Awareness Week
chiphailey at cableone.net
Tue Sep 15 08:07:27 CDT 2009
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From: "Eric Bridges" <ebridges at acb.org>
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Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 7:17 AM
Subject: [leadership] FW: Info re Lifeline and LinkUp Discount Awareness
> Good morning,
> Below is a message concerning the FCC's Lifeline Link up Program.
> Please give it a read.
> September 14, 2009
> Re: "National Lifeline and Link Up Telephone Discount Awareness Week"
> September 14 - 20, 2009
> Dear Eric:
> I'm writing to inform you about an important consumer-oriented
> initiative, the "National Lifeline and Link Up Telephone Discount
> Awareness Week," which takes place September 14 - 20, 2009. Various
> state and local agencies throughout the country will be participating
> with outreach activities and events. The "Lifeline" and "Link Up"
> programs provide financial assistance to low-income consumers in
> connecting a residential phone line and paying their monthly bill. The
> programs have been active for years and are administered by the Federal
> Communications Commission (FCC) and state public utility commissions.
> However, those who provide direct assistance to low-income consumers may
> be unfamiliar with the programs - at least half of eligible consumers
> nationwide do not take advantage of this assistance.
> "Lifeline" involves discounts on monthly charges for a primary
> residential telephone line, including wireless service. "Link Up"
> involves a discount on the cost of initiating the primary telephone
> service for a residence, including the activation of a wireless phone
> that serves as the primary residential telephone. The discounts are
> available throughout the country, including an enhanced discount on
> Tribal lands. In general, consumers at or below 135% of the federal
> poverty guidelines, or who participate in one or more of a number of
> other assistance programs, are eligible for Lifeline and Link Up.
> To find out about the discounts available in your state and how to
> apply, go to http://www.usac.org/li/low-income/apply-for-support.aspx.
> Information on telephone subscribership in your state is available in
> the FCC's recently released Telephone Subscribership Report at
> http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-292759A1.pdf. You
> may be particularly interested in the state-by-state information
> available in Tables 4 (Percentage of Households with a Telephone by
> Income) and 7 (Percentage of Adults with a Telephone by Labor Force
> We ask you to join us in raising awareness of these important programs
> by posting information about Lifeline and Link Up in your offices,
> distributing information on the programs to your staff and to the
> consumers you serve, forwarding this information to other organizations
> in your community, writing an article for a local paper that reaches
> consumers, or linking to www.lifeline.gov. Several outreach tools to
> assist you are available at http://www.naruc.org/lifeline/default.cfm.
> For more information, please call us at 1-888-CALL-FCC, or access our
> dedicated Lifeline and Link Up e-mail address at lifeline at fcc.gov.
> Thank you for your assistance in improving consumer access to these
> important programs.
> Catherine W. Seidel
> Chief, FCC Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
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