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The Illinois Commerce Commission is reminding people about Lifeline, a federal program that helps provide discounts on internet and phone services for low-income customers.
Carrie Zalewski, chairman for the Illinois Commerce Commission, said the COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on communities and the ability of families to stay connected.
“To stay safe, many residents depend on internet service at home to telework or participate in remote learning. There’s also a large population who are now without a job and need technology to look for work. Staying connected has never been more important,” Zalweski said.
To be eligible, a resident must already participate in a federal benefits program — such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, federal public housing or the Veterans Pension and Survivor’s Benefits — or have a household income below 135% of the federal poverty guideline.
More information on the program is available at lifelinesupport.org.
— Samantha McDaniel-Ogletree
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