2012-09-06 / Lifestyles

Discounts available for telephones, internet

MAPLE CITY, Mich. – Lowincome assistance programs to help qualifying consumers obtain voice and high-speed Internet services are now being offer by

CenturyLink, Inc. These programs include: Lifeline Affordable

Telephone Service, Lifeline and

Link-Up for Residents of American

Indian and Alaskan Native Tribal

Lands, and CenturyLink Internet

Basics.

Low-income consumers in

Michigan may qualify for assistance that will reduce the cost of basic monthly telephone service.

The assistance program, known as Lifeline Affordable Telephone

Service, is available to qualifying consumers in every U.S. state.

Lifeline provides discounts each month on telephone bills for qualified subscribers. A household is limited to one Lifeline discount, even if the household has more than one telephone account or is receiving services from more than one telephone company.

Qualifications for participation vary by state. In states that follow the federal guidelines, the subscriber must have a household annual gross income at or below

135 percent of the Federal Poverty

Guidelines for a household of that size; or participate in any one of Openhousethe following092012:programs:Layout 1 Medicaid;

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance9/4/2012

Program; Supplemental Security Income; Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8); Low- Income Home Energy Assistance Program; National School Lunch Program’s free lunch program; or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Some states have established additional eligibility criteria.

Residents of American Indian and Alaskan Native tribal lands may qualify for up to an additional $25 of enhanced Lifeline support monthly. They may also qualify for the Link-Up program, which helps consumers pay the initial installation costs of getting telephone service. Link-Up provides a credit up to $100 of the initial installation charges for tribal customers. An individual living on tribal lands may qualify for Lifeline and Link-Up discounts if he or she participates in one of the programs listed above, the Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance to Needy Families; or Head Start (only for those households meeting its income qualifying standard).

To find out more about the Lifeline and Link-Up programs, log on to the www.lifeline. gov site. Individuals living in a CenturyLink service area should call 800-366-8201 or visit www.centurylink.com/lifeline to inquire about eligibility.

To help get more low-income households online, CenturyLink is offering discounted high-speed Internet service starting at $9.95 per month, plus applicable taxes and fees, to eligible consumers in markets where Internet service is available. The service provides access up to 1.5 Mbps downstream capability.

The CenturyLink Internet Basics program uses the same income and program eligibility criteria as the Lifeline and Tribal Link-Up programs.

Return to top

Poll

Should the Manistique Area Schools Board of Education pursue a shared superintendent with Big Bay de Noc School?