Public Utilities Commission of Ohio authorizes AT&T Ohio to end participation in Lifline program
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved an application by AT&T Ohio to end its participation in the federal Lifeline program. AT&T Ohio will stop providing Lifeline discounts to the majority of its landline customers on June 11, 2019. AT&T Ohio will continue to provide landline telephone service to all of its current customers; however, customers wishing to continue to receive discounts through the Lifeline program will need to find another telephone provider. Affected AT&T Ohio customers that cannot find an alternative Lifeline provider are encouraged to notify the PUCO as soon as possible by Aug. 10, 2019. The PUCO will assist customers in finding an alternative Lifeline provider, and if one does not exist, AT&T Ohio will continue to provide a discount for an additional year. A PUCO staff investigation determined that wireless providers currently offering Lifeline discounts cover 99.85 percent of AT&T Ohio’s affected service territory. Lifeline is a federally funded program that provides monthly discounts to eligible consumers of landline, wireless or broadband services. AT&T Ohio serves 7,301 landline customers enrolled in the Lifeline program.
PUCO authorizes AT&T Ohio to end participation in phone discount program