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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 1, 2006


LOW-INCOME TELEPHONE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

WHEATLAND (IOWA) Low-income telephone assistance is available to qualifying low-income Iowans as part of two federal support programs. These programs, “Lifeline Assistance” and “Link-Up,” are available through F&B Communications, the local telecommunications provider in the Bennett, Calamus, Delmar, Lowden and Wheatland exchanges.

  • “Lifeline” is a plan that assists qualified low-income Iowans by providing a monthly credit on their telephone bill.
  • “Link-Up” is an assistance plan that helps qualified low-income Iowans pay for the installation of basic telephone service by reducing connection charges by 50 percent, or $30, whichever is less.

Another feature of the Lifeline program enables qualified applicants to avoid paying a service deposit if they voluntarily agree to have long distance calling blocked from their telephone.

This telephone assistance plan is available to qualified Iowans. "F&B Communications wants to let low-income customers know about these programs, and encourage those eligible customers to apply," said Aaron Horman, marketing manager.

Iowans whose income is at or below 135 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines are eligible for telephone assistance. Additionally, Iowans who participate in one or more of the following programs are eligible for telephone assistance:

  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program (TANF)
  • National School Lunch Program (NSL)

To apply for either or both of these low-income telephone assistance plans, applicants should submit an application to F&B Communications. Application forms can be obtained from the F&B Communications office at 103 Main Street North, Wheatland, IA 52777. This application is also available on the Iowa Utilities Board website at http://www.state.ia.us/iub.

The Iowa Utilities Board points out that these two low-income telephone assistance plans are important for Iowans and benefit the public by ensuring affordable access to telephone service for everyone. Eligible Iowans are encouraged to submit their application and direct questions to their local telephone company.

F&B Communications is the premiere local telecommunications provider offering telephone, long distance, digital video, dial-up Internet, high-speed DSL Internet, satellite Internet and wireless PCS services to customers in the Bennett, Calamus, Delmar, Lowden and Wheatland exchanges and surrounding areas. The company also provides computer sales and service.

To learn more about F&B Communications, visit the company website at http://www.fbc-tele.com.



For more information, contact:
Aaron Horman, Marketing Manager, 563-374-1236

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