The state Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) and federal Lifeline programs provide monthly telephone service discounts on one landline or wireless telephone per household.
There are several landline and wireless service providers that offer these telephone service discounts to income qualifying households.
How much is the discount?
You may receive a $3.50 discount from landline providers that offer Minnesota's Telephone Assistance Program (TAP). You may receive a $9.25 discount from landline providers that offer the federal Lifeline program. The credit applies to one telephone number listed in the applicant's name. Additional benefits are available to person living on Tribal lands or reservations.
Am I eligible?
Telephone service must be in your name, and you must show proof that you, or a member of your household, participate in one or more of the qualifying programs, or you meet the income guidelines. To qualify based on one of the programs, you must attach copies of proof of program participation. To qualify based on your household income, you must attach one of the income-qualifying documents to your application.
Wireless Providers offer special Lifeline discount plans to qualifying customers. Some plan options offer free phones. Not all wireless companies offer Lifeline discount benefits. The approved companies and their contact information are listed below.
When I become ineligible?
When you no longer participate in any of the qualifying public assistance programs or you no longer meet the income guidelines, you must notify the telephone company that you are no longer eligible for Lifeline or TAP.
If you have questions about these discount programs or the application process, contact your local telephone company. More information about the federal Lifeline program can be found at Federal Communications Commission.