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02/10/2009 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Recognizes Lifeline Leaders for Black History Month


TALLAHASSEE — To recognize Black History Month, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today honored 11 local leaders for promoting the Link-Up Florida and Lifeline Assistance programs in their communities.  The Link-Up and Lifeline programs help make telephone service affordable for Florida’s residents.

This year’s honorees are The Honorable John Marks, Mayor, City of Tallahassee; Curtis Richardson, former state legislator; Kim Moore, CEO, WORKFORCE plus; Dot Inman-Johnson, Executive Director, Capital Area Community Action Agency, Inc.; Darryl A. Scott, Chairperson, Greater Frenchtown Area Revitalization Council – Front Porch Florida; Claudette Cromartie, Executive Director, Tallahassee Housing Authority; Wilma McKay, Executive Director, Florida Association for Community Action, Inc.; Jackie Pons, Leon County School Superintendent; Maggie Lewis-Butler, Leon County School Board Member; Reverend Ernest Ferrell, President and CEO, Tallahassee Urban League; and Leslie Gay, Executive Vice President, Tallahassee Urban League.

During the presentation, PSC Chairman Matthew M. Carter II praised the honorees, who exemplify those in the African-American community, both past and present, who share a desire to make life better, to do more for their community, and to make sure the less fortunate are cared for.

“The PSC appreciates your ‘linking up’ with us to deliver the message that affordable phone service is available to those who need it most,” said Chairman Carter.  “With your Lifeline leadership and your willingness to partner, we have reached many of our neighbors in Tallahassee who needed phone service and can now reach their friends, families, and emergency services with a phone call we often take for granted.”

Link-Up Florida provides a 50 percent reduction in the telephone service installation charge, up to a maximum of $30, for qualifying households that do not currently have telephone service.  To qualify for Lifeline, the customer’s household income must be at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, or the customer must participate in one of the following assistance programs: Medicaid, Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8), Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), and National School Lunch (NSL) Program’s Free Lunch Program. Those who live on federally recognized tribal land may qualify for expanded Lifeline assistance.

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

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.



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