Access to a telephone provides a connection to emergency services and community resources and is vital to all West Virginia residents. During “Lifeline Awareness Week,” September 10-16, the Public Service Commission of West Virginia is letting consumers know about two programs, Lifeline and Link-Up, which offer discounts to help residents have access to basic local telephone service.
Lifeline offers savings on basic monthly telephone service. Discounts in West Virginia range from a few dollars to $14-$15 per month. Link-Up can pay for one-half of the installation charge (up to $30) for qualifying households that do not currently have telephone service.
Both programs are offered through companies serving the majority of West Virginia’s wire line and cell phone customers.
For more information and to find out if you qualify, call your local telephone company, or click on the PSC’s website, www.psc.state.wv.us.