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01/05/2007 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida Public Service Commission Helps Floridians Sign Up for Discounted Telephone Service


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is holding two sessions in the Tallahassee area to help low-income Floridians enroll in the Link-Up Florida and Lifeline Assistance programs. PSC staff will be available to explain the programs that provide discounted phone service and assist potential applicants with the enrollment process. 

“The Florida Public Service Commission is committed to increasing participation in the Link-Up Florida and Lifeline Assistance programs, ensuring eligible applicants receive assistance with their telephone needs,” said PSC Chairman Lisa Polak Edgar.

Eligibility is determined by participation in one of the following programs:

• Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
• National School Lunch Free Lunch Program
• Food Stamps, Medicaid
• Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
• Supplemental Security Income and Federal Public Housing Assistance 

Select Florida companies will also qualify applicants with income levels less than 135% of the federal poverty level.

Link-Up Florida covers 50 percent of the first $60 of charges for new service installation. The maximum benefit is $30. The Lifeline program gives income-eligible consumers a $13.50 credit on their basic monthly telephone bill.

The sessions will take place:

Tuesday, January 9, 2007
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Dr. B.L. Perry Branch Library
2804 South Adams Street
Tallahassee, Florida

Saturday, January 13, 2007
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Wakulla County Library
4330 Crawfordville Highway
Crawfordville, Florida

More than 49,000 new consumers enrolled in the two programs in 2006. Total enrollment in Link-Up Florida and Lifeline Assistance, as of September 2006, is more than 145,000.

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the three key areas of rate base/economic regulation, competitive market oversight, and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.

For more information, visit www.floridapsc.com.



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