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Sept. 14-18 Proclaimed Lifeline Awareness Week

September 14-18 Proclaimed Lifeline Awareness Week


September 14-18 Proclaimed Lifeline Awareness Week

Lincoln, September 14, 2020 – Beginning Sept. 14-18, the Nebraska
Public Service Commission (PSC) in conjunction with the National
Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), as a part
of “Lifeline Awareness Week”, is reminding eligible consumers that
help is available when it comes to staying connected.

“Our nation’s current health emergency has drawn even more
attention to just how vital access to voice and broadband services
are for each and every one of us,” said Commission chair, Mary
Ridder. “These services help us find jobs, get an education, access
health care, call emergency services and connect with family.”

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 an
eligible phone, broadband, or bundled phone/broadband service.

The PSC’s Nebraska Telephone Assistance Program (NTAP)/Lifeline
helps qualified Nebraskans by providing an additional $3.50
each month, towards a voice phone service or bundled phone/
broadband service.

Commissioner Ridder said, “Data shows that in Nebraska we have
195,244 eligible households, yet only two-percent or 4,335 are
enrolled in the Lifeline Program. We would encourage anyone who
might qualify, to explore these programs as a potential option to
assist them with their voice and broadband needs.”

More information on program eligibility can be found on the NTAP/
Lifeline Program page
of the PSC website , or call Lifeline Support
@ 800-234-9473. ###

Deb Collins- Media & Communications Mgr.
(402) 471-0226


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