The Delaware Public Service Commission (PSC) in conjunction with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the Federal Communications Commission is celebrating Lifeline Awareness Week from September 11-17, 2017.
Lifeline is a federal program that helps make telephone service more affordable for qualified customers. Eligible telecommunication carriers (ETCs) can offer a discount to eligible low income customers on either their home phone or mobile phone bill. Also, new this year, participants may choose to use their Lifeline benefit on home internet or broadband service. The Lifeline benefit is limited to one discount type per household (telephone or internet service).
Households that participate in certain federal assistance programs or earn 135% or less of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for a Lifeline benefit. In Delaware, over 37,000 households participate in the Lifeline program. Participating ETCs in Delaware include Assurance Wireless, I-Wireless, Safelink Wireless and Verizon. Dallas Winslow, Chairman of the Delaware PSC said, “Affordable telephone and internet service is crucial in today’s society and the Lifeline program empowers many people who otherwise may be marginalized because of the cost of these services. I applaud all of our ETCs for providing this valuable service to thousands of Delawareans.”
For more information on eligibility and enrollment guidelines, please visit the Lifeline support outreach page.