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National Digital Connectivity and Lifeline Awareness Week

National Digital Connectivity and Lifeline Awareness Week


                                LIFELINE AWARENESS WEEK

Lincoln, September 7, 2023- September 11-15 is National Digital
Connectivity and Lifeline Awareness Week and the Nebraska Public
Service Commission (PSC) is encouraging qualified consumers to
get and stay connected to voice and broadband networks by taking
advantage of federal and state discount programs.

“Voice and broadband services play a crucial role in our everyday
lives by connecting us to the world around us,” said Commission
Chair Dan Watermeier. “It’s important that citizens know there are
programs available that can help them get and stay connected.”

Under the Federal Lifeline Program consumers who participate in
certain public assistance and veterans’ programs or qualify based
on income can receive a discount of up to $9.25 per month off of
their bill for phone, broadband, or bundled phone and broadband

The PSC helps to supplement the federal program through the
NebraskaTelephone AssistanceProgram (NTAP). NTAP provides
an additional $3.50 in assistance for qualified Nebraskans on one
landline/wireless phone bill or by providing minutes to an eligible
cellular phone service. Consumers must be participating in the
federal Lifeline program and meet eligibility requirements to
receive the NTAP discount. Learn more about the NTAP/Lifeline
 and how you can apply on the NTAP/Lifeline page of the
PSC website.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) also offers the
Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). ACP provides a monthly
discount on internet services and a one-time device discount for
qualifying low-income household. To apply, visit
affordableconnectivity.gov or call 1-877-384-2575 to request an

Commissioner Watermeier said, “Help is available, and we encourage
qualified recipients to get connected by taking advantage of these
discount programs.” ###

Deb Collins- Communications & Media Mgr.
(402) 471-0226/deb.collins@nebraska.gov

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