Minnesota Lifeline Services

LOW-INCOME MINNESOTANS MAY QUALIFY FOR TELEPHONE ASSISTANCE

Lifeline and Toll Limitation Service support provide discounts to eligible low-income consumers to help them establish and maintain telephone service through Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association (WCTA).

What type of discount is available?

Lifeline assistance lowers the cost of basic, monthly local telephone service.  Eligible consumers can receive up to $12.75 per month in discounts.

Toll Limitation Service (TLS) support allows eligible consumers who wish to avoid incurring large long distance fees to choose toll blocking or toll control at no cost.

How do I know whether I am eligible?

An individual is eligible if he or she participates in one of the following programs:

  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • National School Lunch Program’s free lunch program

In addition, a consumer may be eligible if his or her household income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

How do I apply to receive Lifeline and TLS support discounts?

To apply or determine eligibility for Lifeline and TLS discounts please contact the WCTA business office at 704 E. Main St., Lake Mills, IA 50450 (800-592-6105). This application is also available on the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission website at www.puc.state.mn.us.