– The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is participating in
National Lifeline Awareness Week, Sept. 14–20, 2015, reminding
low-income telephone consumers that assistance is available to stay
connected to local resources and emergency. The PUCO, Federal
Communications Commission, National Association of Regulatory Utility
Commissioners and the National Association of State Utility Consumer
Advocates are committed to increasing awareness about the availability
of the Lifeline Assistance program.
Eligible low-income consumers
can apply for assistance to pay telephone bills in order to stay
connected to the nation’s communications networks, find jobs, access
health-care services, connect with family and call for help in an
emergency. Consumers who wish to utilize the Lifeline Assistance program
must provide proof of income at or below 150 percent of the federal
poverty guidelines or participate in one of the following income-based
programs: Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food
Stamps), Supplemental Security Income, Public Housing Assistance,
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), National School Free
Lunch Program or Home Energy Assistance Program. A pre-screening tool is
available at www.lifelinesupport.org to determine eligibility.
customers who qualify for assistance will receive a discount of at
least $9.25 per month on basic telephone service. It is important to
remember that only one type of Lifeline Assistance benefit — landline or
wireless — is permitted per household, and existing Lifeline customers
must recertify their eligibility every year.
contact their telephone service provider to apply for Lifeline
assistance. For more information about utility-related matters, call the
PUCO at (800) 686-PUCO (7826). For more information on low-income
assistance programs available in Ohio, visit the PUCO’s website at www.PUCO.ohio.gov.
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