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Public Notice - Basic and low cost telephone services from Verizon - 6/14/2012

Basic and low cost telephone services from Verizon

Verizon is an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) in Texas under Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) and Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT)
guidelines. As such, we receive universal service funding, which enables us to
provide service at reasonable rates to high cost, usually rural areas and low income
customers.
Under those guidelines, Verizon certifies that it provides the following basic
services for a monthly charge of $14.60 to $19.03 (plus Federal subscriber line
charge, applicable taxes and surcharges) to residence customers.
• Single-party service
• Voice grade access to the public switched network
• Touch call service
• Access to emergency services (including 911 and enhanced 911)
• Access to operator, interexchange and directory assistance services
We also provide a Lifeline discount for qualified low-income residence customers
of up to $15.45. Please be aware that eligibility and discounts are subject to change.
In addition, we can provide Lifeline customers with free toll blocking to help control
long-distance usage. For Lifeline customers who do not pay toll charges, their access
to the toll network may be denied, but their local service won’t be disconnected.
To be eligible for participation in these programs an individual must participate in
at least one of the following: Medicaid, Food Stamps, Supplemental Security Income
(SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance
Program (LIHEAP), health benefits coverage under the State Child Health Plan
(CHIP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or National School Lunch
Program.
For more information on Lifeline Service call Lite-Up Texas at 1-866-454-
8387 or Verizon’s Customer Sales and Solution Center at 1-800-VERIZON
(1-800-837-4966) (Residence).