Monday, February 06, 2006

please help the rural and urban people...

... continue to have access to affordable basic telephone service.

As I was distributing my wealth today [e.g. paying my bills] this little card falls out from my Qwest bill informing any that the Oregon Universal service fund surcharge is increasing from 6% to 7.12% effective January 1, 2006.

The reason for this 1.12% increase is to "ensure all Oregon customers-- rural and urban -- continue to have access to affordable basic telephone service. Money from the fund is used to reimburse telephone companies that serve areas with high cost. This in turn, allows local phone rates across Oregon to remain reasonably comparable."

Now, have you ever called the phone company and asked them where this money is going?

You might try that someday,

In the meantime, I take comfort in the feeling that I'm able to subsidize the rural and urban areas of Oregon so that they too may have affordable phone service.

5 Comments:

Blogger Gnarl said...

Note the careful wording: "ensure all Oregon customers-- rural and urban -- continue to have access to affordable basic telephone service..."

"Oregon customers" are folks that already have telephone service, and if it's in a rural area it's probably subsidized to some extent by the USF.

There are plenty of folks in Oregon, Washington, and elsewhere that don't have service and can't get it USF or no USF. Just ask the folks the live in the Skyko 2 community of Washington State.

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