The state’s Lifeline and Link-Up Florida programs will receive an
infusion of nearly $1.6 million to promote participation based on a unanimous
vote of the Florida Public Service Commission Tuesday.
The money -- $1,589,368 – comes from unclaimed refunds the Commission
ordered BellSouth to pay in 2001 for the imposition of inappropriate late
“Any time we can channel money into the promotion of these two programs,
we have taken a positive step in our efforts to connect every eligible
Floridian to the telecommunications network,” Commission Chairman Braulio Baez
said. “To the extent we can encourage participation at no cost to the state’s
ratepayers, we have to be happy.”
The Lifeline and Link-up Florida programs offer assistance to qualified residential
telephone customers to ensure basic telephone service remains affordable. The
Link-Up Florida program provides a reduction of up to 50 percent in the
telephone hook-up charge to a maximum of $30. The Lifeline Assistance program
provides a credit of up to $13.50 for local monthly phone service.