Peoples Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Peoples or the Cooperative) has filed a notice with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (Commission) requesting to bundle the monthly Local Exchange Access Line 1-Party Rate with Tone Dialing Service for all customers.
Customers not currently subscribing to the Tone Dialing Service will be charged the new monthly Access Line Rate effective June 1, 2012. The Company is also proposing to increase residential Local Exchange Access Line rates in the Ben Franklin, Pecan Gap, Roxton, Talco, Campbell, Cypress Springs, Dry Creek, Glade Branch, Golden, Jim Hogg, Sandy Creek, Wynne and Yantis as shown below.
Current and proposed rates are:
|Services||Current Rates||Proposed Rates|
|Member Services Tariff|
|Residence Monthly Access Line Rate - Section 4|
|Ben Franklin, Pecan Gap, Roxton and Talco Exchanges||$8.59||$10.50|
|Campbell, Cypress Springs, Dry Creek, Glade Branch, Golden, Jim Hogg, Sandy Creek, Wynne and Yantis Exchanges||$8.75||$10.50|
|Business Monthly Access Lines Rate - Section 4|
|Single Access Line – Ben Franklin, Campbell, Cypress Springs, Dry Creek, Glade Branch, Golden, Jim Hogg, Pecan Gap, Roxton, Sandy Creek, Talco, Wynne and Yantis Exchanges||$18.35||$19.60|
|Business Key Trunk - Ben Franklin, Pecan Gap, Roxton and Talco Exchanges||$24.20||$25.45|
|Business Key Trunk - Campbell, Cypress Springs, Dry Creek, Glade Branch, Golden, Jim Hogg, Sandy Creek, Wynne and Yantis Exchanges||$24.95||$26.20|
|Miscellaneous Service Arrangements - Section 11|
|Tone Dialing Service||$1.25||$0.00|
The rate changes for the affected access lines will be effective on June 1, 2012. The estimated annual revenue increase recognized by the Cooperative is $114,885.96 for the first year of service, which is 2.19% of the Cooperative’s gross annual intrastate revenues.
Persons with questions or who want more information on this notice may come to the Cooperative’s business office located at 102 North Stephens Street, Quitman, Texas, 75783 or call (903) 878-2911 during normal business hours. A complete copy of the tariff pages and rates for the services listed will be available for inspection at the address listed above 10 days prior to the effective date of June 1, 2012. Persons who wish to formally participate in the Commission's proceedings concerning this notice, or who wish to express their comments concerning this notice should contact the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Office of Customer Protection, P.O. Box 13326, Austin, Texas, 78711-3326, or call the Public Utility Commission's Office of Customer Protection at (512) 936-7120 or, toll free, at (888) 782-8477 after May 21, 2012 when the Cooperative files its application at the Commission, pursuant to the Public Utility Regulatory Act, 53.301, 53.304, and 53.305(b), Utilities Code, as amended by HB 2680, effective May 21, 2012. Hearing- and speech-impaired individuals with text telephones (TTY) may contact the commission at (512) 936-7136 or reach the Commission's toll free number through Relay Texas at (800) 735-2988.