Minnesota Telephone Assistance Plan

TAP Low Income Assistance

Telephone Discounts Can Help You Stay In Touch

Minnesota’s Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) and the federal LIFELINE Program help make telephone service affordable to low-income consumers.

  • TAP offers a $7.00 per month discount on home  landline telephone service.
  • The Lifeline Program offers a $9.25 per month discount on home landline or internet service OR on cell phone service.*

Please note that Lifeline credits can be used to reduce the price of broadband Internet service in addition to reducing the price of landline phone service, but TAP credits can only be used to reduce the price of landline service.

How do I find out if I am eligible?
Consumers enrolled in the following programs may already be eligible:

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Medical Assistance
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension Benefit
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Head Start
  • Food Distribution Program


How do I apply?

If you receive Lifeline benefits for Alliance telephone service, you will automatically be enrolled in the Minnesota Telephone Assistance Program. If you receive Lifeline benefits for wireless phone service, click here to apply for the Minnesota Telephone Assistance Program.

Your phone service provider can assist you with the application(s) or contact the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for assistance, consumer.puc@state.mn.us or 651-296-0406 or 1-800-657-3782.

*The Lifeline program isn't available in the communities of Beaver Creek, Hardwick, Jasper, Kanaranzi, Kenneth, Magnolia and rural Luverne.

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