Need Phone Service?
What is it?
Link Up Minnesota is a program designed to provide eligible indivduals with a reduction of one-half of the local telephone service connection and installation charges, up to $30. Link Up does not help with payment toward past or current telephone bills.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for benefits, an applicant must not be claimed as a dependent for Federal Income Tax purposes, unless he or she is more than sixty years old and meet income guidelines.
Where Can I Get an Application?
Applications and further details on the Link Up Minnesota program are available from local telephone company business offices, and at various social service and community organizations throughout the state. You may also contact the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for further information or applications: 651-282-5947, Toll-Free 1-800-657-3782, TTY 651-297-1200
What Other Telephone Programs are there?
The Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) offers qualifying indivduals who are 65 years or older or have a disability, up to $7 credit on their monthly bill. For more information or an application, please contact your local telephone company or the Department of Human Services at 651-296-2765, Toll-Free 1-800-657-3838
The Federal Lifeline program (independent of TAP) offers individuals receiving Medicaid, Food Stamps, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Low-Income Home Energy Assistance, a credit of $5.25 on their monthly bill. Contact your local telephone company for more information.