Dec. 1, 2008
LOW-INCOME TELEPHONE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
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.
is a plan that assists qualified low-income Iowans by providing
a monthly credit on their telephone bill.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Food Stamps
Security Income (SSI)
Public Housing Assistance
Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Assistance to Needy Families Program (TANF)
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.
DTV Transition Notice
After Feb. 17, 2009, a television receiver with only an analog broadcast tuner will require a converter box to receive full power over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the nation’s transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work to receive low power, Class A or translator television stations and with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players and similar products. Information about the DTV transition is available from www.DTV.gov or from this company at (563) 374-1236, and from www.dtv2009.gov or 1-888-DTV-2009 for information about subsidized coupons for digital-to-analog converter boxes.
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 through their Technology Solutions retail store.
To learn more about F&B Communications, visit the company website
For more information, contact:
Aaron Horman, Marketing