Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas In today’s highly interconnected world, telephones provide a lifeline to emergency help and a vital link to government services, community resources, friends and family; and

Whereas A number of our nation’s households still do not have telephone service in their homes; and

Whereas The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable have joined in a collaborative effort to make telephone service more affordable for the nation’s low-income consumers by providing a discount on the connection fee and monthly charges for local telephone service; and

Whereas The Link-Up America and Lifeline Assistance programs offer tremendous benefits to eligible consumers and make basic telephone service more affordable; and

Whereas The FCC, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates, other State and federal agencies, cities, counties, and telecommunications companies are committed to increasing awareness about the availability of the Link-Up and Lifeline programs and are encouraging eligible citizens to sign up for the programs,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 11th to the 17th, 2011, to be

Life Awareness Week 

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twelfth day of September, in the year two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin 
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts