Telephone companies recently have removed 33,000 low-income Minnesota customers from discount programs, under federal rules implemented last year that require customers to recertify their eligibility, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission announced last week.

Lifeline, a federal program, provides up to $9.25 off monthly charges, more for tribal lands residents, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Telephone Assistance Plan, a state program, provides up to $2.50 monthly for home landline service.
Both programs are underutilized, the department said.
Phone companies are responsible for providing recertification forms to customers. For more information, go to or contact your local telephone company.

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