DENVER, May 5, 2004 ? Qwest Communications Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that it is launching a public service campaign to promote the Tribal Lifeline and Tribal Link-Up programs. These important programs help low income individuals living on tribal lands gain access to low-cost local telephone service.
Qwest established the Tribal Lifeline and Tribal Link-Up programs after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) determined that many tribal areas are underserved. The programs provide access to basic local telephone service at rates as low as $1.00 per month. Qwest has been working with tribal leaders throughout its 14-state region to publicize the availability of the programs. The public service campaign is designed to draw attention of the program to those eligible candidates who are not currently participating.
?For many years, Qwest has been working towards bridging the technology gap on tribal lands through the delivery of services and programs like Tribal Lifeline and Tribal Link-Up,? said Paula Kruger, Qwest executive vice president, consumer markets. ?Qwest will continue to play a leading role in bringing technology and telecommunications services to people of tribal lands. We are pleased to partner with local media outlets to increase awareness about these programs.?
"Bringing telephone service to reservation lands will go a long way to help with law enforcement, health care and education for the millions of American Indians who live there," said Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. "I encourage all to check to see if they are eligible, and to spread the word about these programs."
The key elements of these important programs are outlined below.
Tribal Lifeline Program
- Qualified individuals will receive basic local service for as low as $1.00 per month.
- The Tribal Lifeline program is available to all eligible persons living on reservations.
- Toll blocking services are available to individuals who sign up for the program at no additional charge.
Tribal Link Up Program
- This program provides credits toward installation fees for new service and is intended to help individuals obtain telephone service.
- The program pays one-half of new basic service installation charges up to $30.00.
- The program may additionally pay up to $70.00 toward line extension charges or construction charges if applicable.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance Programs
- Food Stamps
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Head Start (Meeting Income Requirement)
- Tribally Administered Temporary Housing for the Needy Families
- Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Low-income Home Energy Assistance
- National School Lunch Program
- Any other qualifying program approved by the state Lifeline and Link Up program
Enrollment is easy. Qualified individuals need to complete and return a simple application that can be obtained by calling Qwest at (800) 244-1111.
Media kits will be sent this week to media outlets throughout most of Qwest?s 14-state region. For more information or to receive a media kit contact Qwest at 303-308-5391.
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