PLAN - PRICE

Description

Residential Basic Telephone

$20.50/month

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Benefits of a Cooperative

Automatic Enrollment That’s’ Right! There is nothing you need to do other than to utilize Benton Communications Services.

Capital Credits You will receive a statement highlighting your activity every year. This money is yours and over time it will be paid back to you, even if you need to move. Members that utilize telephone, long distance, Broadband, and calling features have seen 15%-20% back each year.

Credit Checks Annually your account is reviewed and a check is issued, assuming the Cooperative is profitable.

Voting Rights As a member, you can nominate and vote for members of the board of directors at Benton Communications. You are also entitled to run for the Board of Directors. See our telephone directory for details.

Telephone

  • Local Phone Service
  • Calling Features
  • Long Distance
  • 800 Number Services
  • Enhanced Wire Maintenance

Features

  • Voicemail
  • Caller ID Name & Number
  • Call Waiting
  • Call Forwarding
  • Distinctive Ring

Long Distance

  • Benton Long Distance NO FEE $.14/minute
  • Benton Long Distance $1.95/month – $.11/minute

*** Benton Long Distance is billed on the same statement, other carriers will issue a separate statement. If not using Benton Long Distance, contact your chosen carrier to establish an account to ensure proper billing.

If You’re Having Trouble Paying Your bill:

You may be eligible for assistance. Minnesota’s Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) offers a monthly credit on your landline telephone service.

Minnesota’s Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) and Federal Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) offer monthly discounts on landline telephone and broadband internet service.

Who Is Eligible?

There are income guidelines for the programs. Your income must be at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines. If you are enrolled in Lifeline, you qualify for TAP. You qualify if you are in one of these qualifying programs; Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SNAP or food stamps, SSI, Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension Benefit. Telephone service must be in your name to qualify for the credit. There are additional qualifying programs for people who live on a reservation. 

If you are enrolled in Medicaid or Federal Public Housing Assistance you will be automatically enrolled in Lifeline each year. If you are enrolled in the other programs or qualify because of your income, USAC will send you a form to recertify to keep Lifeline. If you are enrolled in Lifeline, you will remain enrolled in TAP and do not need to reapply to TAP.

How do I apply?

For more information or to apply:

Click here to be directed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Telephone & Internet Discounts Webpage.