National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week - 9/13-9/17/21
The Federal Communications Commission, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates have designated the first week after Labor Day as National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week. This year, Lifeline Awareness Week will be celebrated from September 13 through September 17, 2021.
The Lifeline Discount Telephone Service Program (Lifeline) is designed to make the telephone service more affordable for income-eligible consumers. Consumers qualify for Lifeline by participating in certain federal or state assistance programs OR by having income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, many New Yorkers may be eligible for Lifeline for the first time but may not be aware of the program or how to apply. Consumers may also be eligible for discounts on broadband service and certain connected devices under the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Information about the Lifeline and Emergency Broadband Benefit programs can be obtained from the Lifeline page on the AskPSC.com website or by clicking on the following link to AskPSC website.