Frontier Communications announced Monday it will offer discounted broadband service to low-income residents in eight counties as part of a new federal pilot program.
Residents in Calhoun, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood counties can subscribe to broadband service at discounted rates if they qualify for the Federal Communications Commission's Lifeline program.
The Lifeline program has historically provided discounts for phone service to individuals whose income at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty level, or who already participate in some federal or state assistance programs.
The new discounted rates are being offered as part of a yearlong pilot program to test the addition of broadband discounts to the Lifeline program.
"Frontier is pleased to be taking part in the FCC Lifeline Broadband Pilot program," said Dana Waldo, vice president and general manager for Frontier in West Virginia. "As a company committed to being the state's leading broadband provider, we see the Lifeline program creating greater access to broadband and awareness of its value."
In addition to service discounts, individuals are also eligible for digital literacy and computer training. Frontier has partnered with Future Generations, a West Virginia-based non-profit organization, to provide the training.For more information on the program, contact Frontier at 1-888-483-6767.