LINCOLN, NE (SEPTEMBER 12, 2022) – The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) in
conjunction with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is
highlighting “Lifeline Awareness Week” September 12-16 a federal/state program that helps
make affordable voice and broadband services available to qualified participants.
Under the Federal Lifeline Program, consumers who participate in certain public assistance and
veterans’ programs or qualify based on income can receive a discount of up to $9.25 per month
off an eligible phone, broadband, or bundled phone/broadband service.
The PSC’s Nebraska Telephone Assistance Program (NTAP)/Lifeline Program helps qualified
Nebraskans by providing an additional $3.50 each month, towards a voice phone service or
bundled phone/broadband service.
“Program data shows nearly 160,000 Nebraskan households are eligible to participate in the
Lifeline Program, yet only four percent do,” said Commission Chair Dan Watermeier. “We
would like to see that number improve and would encourage interested households to
explore these programs.”