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Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP)

TAP Forms
 2014, TAP Reporting Form (MS Excel)  

Post-October 1, 2013 TAP Reporting Form- October 1 to December 31, 2013 (MS Excel)

Pre-October 1, 2013 TAP Reporting Form- 2013 (MS Excel)
Wireline Fee Remittance Form (a copy must be inserted in TAP form)
TAP Tools
eFiling (mandatory)
2014 Notice of Compliance Filing Requirement TAP
Effective October 1, 2013: Notice of Change In TAP Credit and Surcharge Levels
Find your Company Identification U- Number
TAP,  A Refresher
Minnesota Rules Chapter 7817, Telephone Assistance Plans
Minnesota Statute § 237.70, Development of Telephone Assistance Plan

Minnesota's Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) program provides a monthly discount to low income residential customers' wireline telephone bills. The eligibility requirements are the same as the federal Lifeline program.

Reports Required

All local service providers with a certificate for local service must file the Commission-prescribed TAP Reporting Form reporting surcharge revenues, expenses, and credits related to the TAP program. See instructions contained in reporting form. All reports must include a copy of the Wireline Fee Remittance Form(s) submitted to the Department of Public Safety's Minnesota 911 Program remitting collections for 911, TAM and TAP surcharges.

Purpose of Reports

The TAP reports provide the Commission the ability to track revenues and expenses of Minnesota's Telephone Assistance Plan program to ensure that all local service providers are paying into the TAP fund. The TAP report enables reimbursement of credits and administrative expenses filed during the reporting period.

TAP questions: Theresa Staples, 651-201-2202

Lifeline Forms
FCC Form 481: Carrier Annual Reporting Data Collection
ETC Recertification Form
Lifeline Tools
FCC Lifeline Reform Order
FCC Rules, 47 C.F.R. §54.410(f) ETC Annual Certification Procedures
FCC Notice Lifeline Recertification Options: Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) vs. State of MN
USAC Recertification Election Option
PUC Order supporting use of DHS database to verify eligibility
FCC Rules, 47 C.F.R. §54.405(e)(4) De-enrollment Procedures

Lifeline Program

The federal Lifeline program provides a monthly discount on residential phone service for eligible low-income customers. In 2005, Lifeline discounts were made available to qualifying low-income consumers on pre-paid wireless service plans in addition to traditional landline service. The federal Lifeline Program also provides support to telephone companies who offer discounts to eligible low-income customers.

Reports Required

Any Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC), a local service provider designated by the Commission as eligible to receive federal universal service support in accordance with United States Code, title 47, section 254, and relevant federal regulations, must file annual subscriber-based eligibility reports. All ETC's are required to conduct an annual re-certification of their entire subscriber base and submit its annual recertficiation report to the Commission, the FCC and USAC by January 31 of each year.