September 14-20, 2015: Michigan Lifeline Awareness Week

WHEREAS, telephones play a critical role during emergencies and remain a vital link to government services, community resources, friends and family, yet many individuals and families in our state are unable to afford the cost of a home telephone; and,

WHEREAS, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Michigan Public Service Commission have joined efforts to offer the Lifeline Assistance program, which makes local telephone service more affordable for Michigan’s low-income consumers by providing a discount on monthly charges; and,

WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan Public Service Commission to raise awareness of the Lifeline Assistance program to citizens throughout the state, and we encourage all eligible customers to take the steps to sign up; for more information, citizens may call the Michigan Public Service Commission at 1-800-292-9555;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 14 through September 20, 2015 as Michigan Lifeline Awareness Week.