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Crown Point Telephone participating in national program

Telephone service can be a matter of life and death. That’s why Crown Point Telephone Corporation is participating in the National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week Sept. 9-15.

Telephone service can be a matter of life and death. That’s why Crown Point Telephone Corporation is participating in the National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week Sept. 9-15.

— Telephone service can be a matter of life and death.

That’s why Crown Point Telephone Corporation is participating in the National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week Sept. 9-15.

“Many of us take for granted that we can pick up our phone, dial our friends and family, and stay connected with the rest of the world,” said Shana Macey, Crown Point Telephone president. “Phone service has become such a routine part of our lives that we hardly even think about it anymore.

“But imagine what it would be like if you were suddenly laid off from your job and couldn’t afford to pay your phone bill,” she said. “Imagine if you worked one or two jobs and barely made enough to pay the rent and had to sacrifice telephone service.”

Those people can get help, Macey said.

“There is good news, though,” she said. “Many of these consumers may qualify for an assistance program — Lifeline — that discounts a portion of their telephone service. Lifeline provides qualified consumers savings on basic monthly telephone service.

“Lifeline helps low income consumers connect to the nation’s communications networks, find jobs, access health care services, connect with family, and call for help in an emergency,” Macey said.

People can learn more about the program by calling Crown Point Telephone at 597-3300 or other telephone providers.

“Our goal is to connect as many people as possible,” Macey said. “We hope that by raising awareness of Lifeline, we can ensure that more consumers can call their friends, their families, and life-saving services. In today’s highly interconnected world, no one should be left out.”

Lifeline is a government program that provides monthly discounts on telephone service — wireline or wireless — for eligible low-income consumers. It is available to eligible low-income consumers in every state.

Information on the program is available online at www.lifelinesupport.org

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