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News Release
Discounted Phone or High Speed Internet, Free Cell Phone and Data Service for Eligible Oregonians - 10/13/20

Bigger discount available for qualifying Oregonians through December 2020

SALEM, Ore. – At a time when many Oregonians are impacted by the recent wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is promoting Oregon Lifeline.

A federal and state government program, Oregon Lifeline provides discounted phone or high-speed internet service to qualifying low-income households. Oregon Lifeline is currently offering a monthly discount up to $21.25 through December 2020, a $9 increase over the usual discount. Oregon Lifeline also offers free cell phone and data service from Access Wireless, Assurance Wireless, or enTouch Wireless.

“We want to encourage all eligible Oregonians to take advantage of Oregon Lifeline services,” said Megan Decker, PUC Chair. “This program helps eligible residents stay connected and provides access to local emergency services, jobs, healthcare, education, and other vital resources. For some, Lifeline can mean the difference between having a social connection and complete isolation.”

Oregonians receiving benefits from select public assistance programs such as Medicaid or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may qualify for Oregon Lifeline, which is limited to one person per household for either the discounted or free service.

For additional information about the Oregon Lifeline program, call 1-800-848-4442, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., or view details online.

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The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) regulates customer rates and services of the state’s investor-owned electric, natural gas and telephone utilities, as well as select water companies.  The PUC mission is to ensure Oregon utility customers have access to safe, reliable, and high quality utility services at just and reasonable rates, which is accomplished through thorough analysis and independent decision-making conducted in an open and fair process.

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