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Telephone assistance available to low-income consumers

Minnesota Telephone Discounts provide affordable telephone service to low-income consumers. Discounts from state and federal funds help make telephone service more affordable so you can stay connected with jobs, family and all emergency services.

Minnesota Telephone Discounts include two programs:• Lifeline: Lifeline provides monthly discounts on your local telephone service. Some cellular providers offer discounts also. Lifeline is federally funded and offered by many, but not all telephone companies. The Lifeline discount is typically between $8 and $10. Contact your telephone company for specific information.• Telephone Assistance Program (TAP): TAP is a state-funded program that provides a monthly discount of $2.50 on your local telephone service.Please be aware these programs may change without notice. Contact your service providers if there are changes to your discount.
Am I eligible?Telephone service must be in your name and you must show proof that you participate in at least one of these qualifying programs:
•  Medicaid/Medical Assistance
• Food Support/Supplemental Nutrition Food Assistance Program (SNAP)
•  Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)• Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• Federal Housing Assistance (Section 8)• Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
• Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
• National School Free Lunch Program            Or
Prove your income is at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Attach one or more items proving you are eligible.
Minnesota Telephone Dis-counts are available for one line per household. You cannot receive discounts on both your landline and cellular service.