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March 13, 2013

Missouri to reduce phone surcharge that helps poor and disabled

The Public Service Commission says that starting in July, the surcharge for the Missouri Universal Service Fund will drop from 12.5 cents on a $50 bill to 8.5 cents.

Missouri residents with landline telephones will be paying less for a surcharge that helps fund service for low-income and disabled residents.

The Public Service Commission says that starting in July, the surcharge for the Missouri Universal Service Fund will drop from 12.5 cents on a $50 bill to 8.5 cents. State law created the fund and made the commission responsible for setting the necessary funding level.

The Universal Service Fund helps low-income and disabled Missourians receive discounts for basic phone service. The discount can be up to $12.75 per month for those with low incomes and $3.50 each month for the disabled.

Commissioner Terry Jarrett says reducing the surcharge while continuing the program is noteworthy.

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