A monthly credit for seniors’ phone bills

Jul 17th, 2019 | By | Category: News

When they use a landline or a cell phone, seniors can get a $9.25 monthly credit on their telephone bills through the federal-regulated Lifeline phone service.

Lifeline also supports broadband and broadband-voice bundles. The program is limited to one discount per address. Telephone and broadband assistance is vital to low-income and elderly residents, helping them stay connected to local emergency services and community resources, officials say.

To apply for Lifeline benefits, phone customers can contact their telephone company or a participating Lifeline provider. Applicants will be required to provide proof of eligibility. Information is also available from the Federal Communications Commission at www.fcc.gov/lifeline. 

Washington residents who have trouble signing up for Lifeline benefits can contact the state Utilities and Transportation Commission at 1-888-333-9882 or www.utc.wa.gov/consumers.