AUGUSTA — Maine utility regulators are joining a national effort this week to remind low-income residents that they can get discount rates for basic telephone service.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission says a nationally organized “Lifeline Awareness Week” runs Monday through Friday. It’s to draw attention to two programs.

Lifeline and Link-Up Assistance offer discounted phone service so low-income people can have access to local emergency services and community resources.

Under Maine’s Lifeline program, phone customers who participate in certain public assistance programs can receive basic telephone service discounts up to $13.50 per month.

Link-Up provides 50 percent reductions in phone service installation charges, up to a maximum of $30, for qualifying households that lack service. The SafeLink program helps for Mainers for whom cell phones make more sense than landlines.