Lifeline Awareness Week

Friday, September 08, 2017 | 04:30pm


Nashville, Tennessee – (September 8, 2017) Staying connected to local resources and emergency services can improve and possibly save many lives, say state regulators.

Access to local emergency services and community resources is vital to our low-income and elderly residents. The Tennessee Public Utility Commission wants residents to "stay connected" and is reaching out to those who need phone service but can’t afford it. During "Lifeline Awareness Week," September 10-15, the Tennessee Public Utility Commission will promote the Lifeline Assistance Program which offers discounts to help residents have access to basic local telephone service. Lifeline helps low income consumers connect to the nation’s communications networks, find jobs, access health care services, connect with family, and call for help in an emergency.

Under the federal Lifeline program, telephone customers who participate in or are eligible for certain public assistance programs are entitled to receive a basic telephone service discount of at least $9.25 per month - or up to $34.25 to those living on Tribal/Native lands. Subscribers may receive the benefit on either home phone, cell phone, mobile and home internet, or internet-phone bundle. To apply for benefits contact your local telephone company or the Tennessee Public Utility Commission.

For more information about the Tennessee Public Utility Commission and the Lifeline program visit