The Public Service Commission of West Virginia is bringing awareness to two programs which offer discounts to help residents have access to basic local telephone service, according to a news release.

The applicants are often the elderly on fixed incomes, but others who have low income can qualify.

One program, Lifeline, offers savings on basic monthly telephone service. Officials said discounts in W.Va. range from a few dollars to $14 to $15 per month.

The other program, Link-Up, will pay for one-half of the installation charge, up to $30, for qualifying households that do not currently have telephone service.

PSC officials said both programs are offered through companies serving the majority of the state's wire line and cell phone customers.

Visit the PSC's website at www.psc.state.wv.us or call your local telephone company for more information or to find out if you qualify.

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