Re: Rate Hikes (was: phone barons...)

Elliott Mitchell (
Fri, 10 May 1996 07:44:44 -0500

On Thu, 9 May 1996, Chris Yagmin <> wrote:

>Well I guess the phone companies are going to get our money one way or
>another. I was watching the news on tuesday and one of the lead stories was
>about how the telephone companies want to increase the base charge by ten
>dollars over five years. I am not sure what rational they are using to
>justify this but, it sounds excessive to me.

>From this morning's (Friday) EDUPAGE: <snip-snip>

>The United States Telephone Association would like to raise the average U.S.
>monthly phone bill by about $10 over the next five years to pay for wiring
>schools and libraries with new lines for phones and computers, and to
>subsidize poor and rural customers. The proposal assumes an $11 billion
>cost for wiring schools and libraries, with local phone companies paying
>about a third to a half of that. The rest would come from a surcharge on
>other services, such as cellular. "No single industry should be held
>responsible for fulfilling this major goal," says USTA's president. "Each
>has a role and should make a significant contribution to the national
>education technology mandate." (Investor's Business Daily 8 May 96 A7)


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