Explanation of Charges on Your Telephone Bill

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Other Charges Universal Service Fund (USF) (Also calledrepparttar Universal Connectivity Fee) - Because telephones provide a vital link to emergency services, to government services and to surrounding communities, it has been our nationís policy to promote telephone service to all households since this service began inrepparttar 109359 1930s. The USF helps to make phone service affordable and available to all Americans, including consumers with low incomes, those living in areas whererepparttar 109360 costs of providing telephone service is high, schools and libraries and rural health care providers. Congress has mandated that all telephone companies providing interstate service must contribute torepparttar 109361 USF. Although not required to do so byrepparttar 109362 government, many carriers choose to pass their contribution costs on to their customers inrepparttar 109363 form of a line item, often calledrepparttar 109364 "Federal Universal Service Fee" or "Universal Connectivity Fee."

FCC's Efforts to Help Consumers Understand Bills To ensure that telephone bills give consumersrepparttar 109365 essential information they need to protect themselves from fraud and to make informed choices,repparttar 109366 FCC has issuedrepparttar 109367 following rules and guidelines that phone companies must follow when creating their phone bills. The bills must:

Be clearly organized...

Identifyrepparttar 109368 service provider associated with each charge...

Highlight any new providers and indicaterepparttar 109369 daterepparttar 109370 change was made...

Contain full and non-misleading descriptions of charges...

Identify those charges for which failure to pay will not result inrepparttar 109371 disconnection of a customerís basic, local service...

Provide a toll-free number for customers to call for customer service in order to lodge a complaint or to obtain information. Ifrepparttar 109372 customer does not receive a paper telephone bill, but receives a bill by e-mail or overrepparttar 109373 Internet,repparttar 109374 telephone company may providerepparttar 109375 customer with an e-mail address or Web site to inquire about charges...

Use standardized labels when referring to certain line item charges relating to federal regulatory action, such as "local number portability" and subscriber line charges.

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Education, Learning & Wisdom

Written by James Sorrell

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your head, so to speak [2 Corinthians 10:5b], impulsive behavior will rob you of any ofrepparttar growth you would like! Love isrepparttar 109358 key to real life, and wisdom isrepparttar 109359 door to your good future! [See: --->'Love isrepparttar 109360 Real Thing' on this forum; and pray....."Heavenly Father, please give me wisdom, generously & graciously, inrepparttar 109361 name of Jesus Christ, Amen!] Additional info on--->http://keeperofflame.proboards24.com/. or http://excoboard.com/exco/index.php?boardid=1979 or http://www.bev.net/users/homepages/JamesSorrell

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