During 2011 there were over 347,000 Pennsylvanians using the Lifeline and Link-Up Assistance Programs, which offer discounts to help residents gain access to basic local telephone service.
Recently, the FCC updated its rules governing program eligibility and non-duplication of support to improve program efficiency and ensure those that need support can receive it. Federal rules prohibit eligible low-income consumers from receiving more than one Lifeline discount per household.
The Lifeline program provides discounts that can amount to nearly $100 per year or more for basic telephone service to consumers with limited incomes across Pennsylvania.
For more information visit www.puc.pa.gov.