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Telephone Assistance Programs

Lifeline Program Information

If you think you can’t afford telephone service, help is available.  The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Lifeline program can help income-eligible consumers by providing discounts on basic monthly telephone service at their primary residence.

Lifeline is available for one telephone line per eligible household. A household is everyone (including children and people who are not related to you) who lives in your home and shares income and household expenses.

What Benefits are available under the Lifeline Program?

Lifeline Assistance provides discounts on basic monthly service at the primary residence for qualified telephone subscribers.

Eligibility Requirements

You may be eligible for Lifeline if:

  • you, or someone in your household, participates in one of the following federal assistance programs:
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
    • Medicaid
    • National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • Any additional qualifying program established by your state; or
  • your household income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • You may also be eligible for Lifeline if:
    • you reside on Tribal lands (any federally recognized Indian tribe’s reservation, Pueblo, or Colony including former reservations in Oklahoma, Alaska Native regions, Hawaiian Home Lands, and Indian Allotments) and you participate in any of the above federal assistance programs; or
    • you, or someone in your household, participates in one of the following assistance programs:
      • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
      • Head Start (only households meeting the income qualifying standard)
      • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
      • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

Minnesota TAP Program

The Minnesota Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) may provide eligible persons with a monthly credit on their phone bills. You are eligible for the assistance if you are participating in one or more of the following programs:

  • Medical Assistance
  • Food Support (food stamps)
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance
    • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

 

If you do not qualify under the above criteria, but live on a federally recognized reservation, you can also qualify if you participate in one of the following:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Head Start (only for those meeting the income qualifying standard)
  • National School lunch Program’s free lunch

Enrollment Information

To apply for Lifeline and TAP:

  • Contact Barnesville Municipal Telephone at (218)354-2292 for an application or,
  • Click here for the Lifeline /TAP application – Print the application, fill out the application and  return it along with the required income documentation to Barnesville Municipal Telephone at: 102 Front Street North, Barnesville MN  56514

National Do Not Call Registry

The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at this Website. Do Not Call Registry

You can register your home or mobile phone for free. The federal government created the National Do-Not-Call Registry to make it easier and more efficient for you to stop getting sales calls you don’t want. You can register on line or by calling 1-888-382-1222 (TYY 1-866-290-4236) from the number you wish to register. Registration is free and your number will stay in the registry until it is disconnected, or until you delete it from the registry.

Minnesota consumers who do not want to be contacted by telemarketers may register their phone numbers on a No-Call List. To sign up for the free service, call the Minnesota Department of Commerce at 1-800-921-411- or click here. Consumers who sign up for this Minnesota list do not need to re-register for the National Do-Not-Call Registry as the information will be shared with the National Registry