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Telephone Assistance Plan & Federal Lifeline Program

May 2022

You may be eligible for help in paying your telephone bill if your income is at or below federal poverty guidelines or if you receive benefits from certain public assistance programs. For more information or an application, please contact:

RS Fiber Cooperative | PO Box 326 | Gaylord, MN 55334 | (800) 628-1754

Minnesota’s Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) offers a monthly credit of $10.00 on your landline telephone service. You may receive the TAP credit on one landline per household.

The federal Lifeline Program offers a monthly discount of $5.25 on a landline telephone service, or $9.25 on a wireless telephone service, or $9.25 on a broadband Internet service account. You may receive the Lifeline discount on one Telephone or Internet service per household. The broadband Internet discount does not apply to TAP.

If you live on Tribal Lands, you may qualify for additional discounts. Tribal Lands Link Up offers a one-time credit of up to $100 on installation or activation charges. Tribal Lands Lifeline offers an additional monthly credit of up to $25.00 on your landline, wireless Telephone, or Internet service plan.

The telephone or broadband service must be in your name. You must show proof that you or a member of your household participates in at least one of the following programs or is income eligible:

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Medicaid/Medical Assistance (MA)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension Benefit Programs
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • Tribally-administered Head Start (for those meeting income-qualifying standards)
  • Tribally-administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)

If you do not participate in any of the programs listed above, you may qualify if your income is at or below 135% of the 2022 Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG):

-The federal poverty guidelines are typically updated annually.

2022 Federal Poverty Guidelines—135%

Household Size Income
1 $18,347
2 $24,719
3 $31,091
4 $37,463
5 $43,835
6 $50,207
7 $56,579
8 $62,951
For each additional person, add $6,372

For more information or to receive an application, visit mn.gov or call RS Fiber at (800) 628-1754.

Having trouble paying your Telephone bill?

If you are a low-income household or are enrolled in government programs like SNAP or Medical Assistance, you qualify! Contact us about the Telephone Assistance Plan discount.

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