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Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Telephone Discount Programs

121 7th Pl E, Ste 350, St. Paul, MN, 55101-2147

Distance: 1032 Miles

(651) 296-0406

Website

https://mn.gov/puc/utilities/telecommunications

Service Details

Description

Affordable phone service for consumers with low income


The Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) is a state-funded program that provides a monthly discount between $2 and $4 on local landline phone service.


Note that wireless or internet services do not qualify for the program.


For help with wireless phones, see info about Lifeline, which is a federal discount for approved landline, wireless, and broadband Internet service providers. The discount for consumers is usually between $8 and $10. Some wireless companies offer free phones.


Eligibility

Telephone service must be in your name. If you participate in one of the following programs, you are eligible:
* Federal Public Housing Assistance
* Medicaid/Medical Assistance
* Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
* Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
* Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension benefit


Additional qualifying programs for persons living on a reservation:
* Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
* Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation
* Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
* Tribally Administered Head Start (only those meeting income-qualifying standards)


If you do not participate in any of the above programs, you may still qualify if you prove your income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty income guidelines.


Application Instructions

Minnesota Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) program application
* Landline (home phone) companies available in your area here


Lifeline Wireless providers


For both programs you must provide proof of participation in one of the eligible programs or show household income is at or below 135% of federal poverty guidelines.


Area Served

Statewide


Websites

Phone Numbers

Type Number Hours
Main (651) 296-0406
Toll Free (800) 657-3782

Last Update

7/14/2020

Other Locations

This provider does not offer this service at other locations.

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