Subsidy for telephone initial cost ending

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A program that subsidizes the cost of telephone service for low-income consumers is ending in the next few days, but Kentucky Public Service Commission Chairman David Armstrong wants Kentucky residents to know another program is continuing.

The Link-Up program, which provides subsidies for some of the initial cost of phone service, is ending on Monday. The change is part of an effort by the Federal Communications Commission to overhaul low-income assistance programs as it shifts the focus toward high-speed Internet service.

But Armstrong says the Lifeline program will remain intact. That program helps pay the cost of monthly phone service for eligible consumers.

He says the proportion of households participating in Kentucky is lower than in neighboring states, indicating many who are eligible aren't participating.

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