Program helps low-income residents with internet and voice access

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The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada is reaching out to low-income residents who need voice or broadband internet services.
PUCN officials say Lifeline Assistance is a government program supported by the Universal Service Fund, which can provide low income consumers with benefits to reduce the cost of service.
That fund provides $9.25 a month in federal benefits and $3.50 more from the Nevada Lifeline Fund, a total of $12.75.
For tribal members, the total discount can increase to $34.25.
Consumers qualify if they are receiving benefits from federal programs including Medicaid, food stamps, public housing or the Veterans and Survivors pension fund.
People qualify for those programs if their household income is at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty level.
A spokesman said Lifeline helps people find jobs, access health care, connect with family and call for help in an emergency
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