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CTIA-The Wireless Association Recognizes September 14th-20th as "National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week".

WASHINGTON -- CTIA-The Wireless Association[R] applauds the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC NARUC National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners ), the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA NASUCA National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates ), and the Federal Communications Commission Federal Communications Commission (FCC), independent executive agency of the U.S. government established in 1934 to regulate interstate and foreign communications in the public interest.  (FCC (1) (Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC, www.fcc.gov) The U.S. government agency that regulates interstate and international communications including wire, cable, radio, TV and satellite. The FCC was created under the U.S. ) for their efforts to increase awareness and participation in Lifeline and Linkup programs. The "National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week" (September 14-20, 2009) is dedicated to ensuring low-income consumers are aware of these two federal and state programs which provide financial assistance for telecommunications services, including wireless.

The Lifeline and Link-Up programs were designed to ensure that quality telecommunications services are affordable for low-income consumers. Funded by the Universal Service Fund (USF USF University of South Florida
USF Universal Service Fund (often part of phone bill in US)
USF University of San Francisco
USF University of Sioux Falls
USF University of St.
), the programs offer financial assistance for basic telephone service (Lifeline) and initial telephone installation (Link-Up). Lifeline assistance provides eligible customers with discounts up to $10 per month, depending on their state. Link-up pays half (up to a maximum $30) of the initial installation fee for traditional wireline service or the activation fee for a wireless telephone for a primary residence.

Research indicates that wireless usage is particularly high among low-income Americans. In the Center for Disease Control's annual survey released in 2009, adults living in poverty were more likely than higher income adults to be living in wireless-only households.

"We commend these organizations for their efforts through the 'National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week' to bring attention to these federal and state programs which provide financial aid for vital wireless communications to low-income individuals," said Steve Largent, President and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of CTIA-The Wireless Association. "We also appreciate our members' continued support for these two programs. As anyone can attest, wireless services are no longer a luxury for a select few, but rather a vital necessity for more than 270 million Americans."

In 2005, representatives from NARUC, NACUSA NACUSA National Association of Composers, USA , and the FCC formed a working group to ensure eligible consumers have access to information about the programs and how they can apply. "National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week" is part of the working group's ongoing efforts to reach qualified customers and expand awareness about the benefits of the Lifeline and Link-Up programs.

For more information about "National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week," click here. To learn more about the Lifeline and Link-up programs, click here.

CTIA (1) See CompTIA.

(2) (Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, Washington, DC, www.ctia.org, www.wow-com.com) A membership organization founded in 1984 that is involved with regulatory and public affairs issues in the wireless industry.
 is the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry, representing carriers, manufacturers and wireless Internet providers.

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