Several programs offer Minnesota residents with low income – including those recently impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – monthly discounts on landline telephone, wireless or internet services and access to specialized equipment.

  • The federal Lifeline program and Minnesota’s state Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) are two telecommunication discounts available to income eligible residents. The Telephone Equipment Distribution (TED) program offers specialized equipment at no cost to qualifying persons.
  • Contact the Minnesota PUC’s Consumer Affairs Office at 651-296-0406, 800-657-3782 and [email protected] for help in accessing both Lifeline and TAP or learn more at https://mn.gov/puc/telecommunications/telephone-discounts/
  • For more information about the TED program or to apply, call 800-657-3663 (voice or your preferred relay service), 651-964-1514 (videophone) or visit the TED Program Home Page.
  • For information about broadband service options in your area, contact the Office of Broadband Development at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development at 651-259-7610 or [email protected] or learn more at https://mn.gov/deed/programs-services/broadband/