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PUC Encourages Consumers to Stay Connected…

HARRISBURG – In coordination with a national effort to reach those in need of telecommunications assistance, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) recognizes Sept. 11-17 as Lifeline Awareness Week, to help low-income Pennsylvanians stay connected.  “Lifeline helps low-income consumers connect to the nations’ communications networks, and has been updated to include both voice and broadband options,” said PUC Chairman Gladys M. Brown in a video news release. “Participating carriers are required to promote the Lifeline program, and recent changes to the program, such as the requirement for annual recertification of eligibility, have made educating recipients even more important.” Media Contact:  Denise McCracken (717) 787-5722 or demccracken@pa.gov

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Mandatory 10-digit Dialing Begins on August 26

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today encouraged residents and businesses across Central Pennsylvania served by the 717 area code to prepare for the upcoming switch to mandatory 10-digit dialing for all local calls. “To begin preparing for 10-digit dialing in the 717 area code, start looking at the devices you have by making sure they include all the area codes you need, including 717,” said Chairman Gladys M. Brown. “Also check devices like medical alert systems, alarm systems, and any other systems that automatically make calls, to be sure they are set up for 10-digit dialing – and in the future, when you start adding new numbers, be sure you include the area code.”

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