(1) Telecommunication carriers providing residential basic local exchange service shall provide assistance in the form of a monthly discount to eligible subscribers of residential basic local exchange service of three dollars and fifty cents ($3.50) or an amount authorized by the federal communication commission whichever is greater. In no case will the discount exceed the rate charged for the grade of residential basic local exchange service subscribed to by each eligible individual. The Idaho telecommunications service assistance plan shall only be used to provide for a single residence line at the principal residence of the eligible subscriber.
(2) The providers of residential basic local exchange service and the Idaho department of health and welfare shall comply with all requirements expressly provided by federal order, regulation and statute for eligible subscribers to qualify for the federal "lifeline" and "link-up" telephone assistance program. In accordance with federal law, the Idaho public utilities commission may grant waivers to carriers of residential basic local exchange service from providing certain services to eligible subscribers.