The Federal Communications Commission is working to educate low income families on how they can get phone service at a reduced cost as part of National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week, during the week of Sept. 8-14.
The FCC says telephones provide a vital lifeline to the world that no American should be without.
Elizabeth Ford with the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners agreed.
"A person who doesn't have a phone doesn't have the ability to call their doctor, or hear back on job interviews, and contact the schools where their children are," Ford said, "and it definitely helps those who struggle with paying their bills to have this."
By subscribing to the program, low income families can either sign up for a cell phone plan with 250 minutes that includes a free phone or a home phone plan for as little as $9 a month.
To be eligible, a family's income must be less than 130 percent of the national poverty level.
Click the associated link to see is you can qualify, or call your telephone provider for more details.
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