Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Telephone Discount Programs
121 7th Pl E, Ste 350, St. Paul, MN, 55101-2147
Distance: 1032 Miles
Affordable phone service for consumers with low income
The Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) is a state-funded program that provides a monthly discount between $2 and $4 on local landline phone service.
Note that wireless or internet services do not qualify for the program.
For help with wireless phones, see info about Lifeline, which is a federal discount for approved landline, wireless, and broadband Internet service providers. The discount for consumers is usually between $8 and $10. Some wireless companies offer free phones.
Telephone service must be in your name. If you participate in one of the following programs, you are eligible:
* Federal Public Housing Assistance
* Medicaid/Medical Assistance
* Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
* Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
* Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension benefit
Additional qualifying programs for persons living on a reservation:
* Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
* Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation
* Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
* Tribally Administered Head Start (only those meeting income-qualifying standards)
If you do not participate in any of the above programs, you may still qualify if you prove your income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty income guidelines.
For both programs you must provide proof of participation in one of the eligible programs or show household income is at or below 135% of federal poverty guidelines.
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BV-8900.1700-850Discounted Telephone Service Definition
Telephone companies and wireless service providers that offer their services at below normal rates for people who meet age, disability, income, need or other requirements. Telephone equipment and/or cell phones may also be provided.
BV-8900.9300-850Telephone Service Payment Assistance Definition
Programs that pay all or a portion of the telephone expenses of people whose telephone service has been or is at risk of being disconnected including any reconnection fees that may apply. Also included are programs that help qualified low-income consumers connect or hook up to the telephone network by paying a portion of the hook-up fee or encourage telephone companies to offer a deferred payment schedule for hook-up charges. Telephone service payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
YB-9000Young Adults Definition
Individuals who are generally between the ages of 18 and 25 depending on the ages that specific programs use for qualification.
YL-3300.4500Low Income Definition
Individuals or families whose annual income is between 150 and 200% of poverty level for their family size.
YZ-8650Utility Issues Definition
Programs that provide information and/or services that deal with the topic of utilities including gas, electricity, home heating fuel, telephone services and cable service.