RICHMOND — The State Corporation Commission (SCC) is
seeking comments on whether to extend a five-year period in which price increases
for basic local residential telephone service are limited to one dollar ($1) per
year. Both Verizon, Virginia’s largest provider of local telephone service, and
the staff of the SCC have proposed that the period be extended an additional two
The five-year period has been in place since January 1, 2008 and will expire on
December 31, 2012, unless extended. The price caps on residential and business basic
local exchange service are applicable in Verizon exchanges which are deemed to be
Basic local exchange telephone service (“BLETS”) is limited to basic dial-tone service
and does not include such features as call waiting, voicemail, and caller ID. Approximately
one-third of Verizon’s customers still receive basic service. The majority of Verizon’s
customers are on plans that “bundle” a number of services and such customers are
unaffected by this proposal.
For business service, the price increase limit is currently three dollars ($3) per
year, per line. That price protection will expire on December 31, 2012, with no
extension being proposed.
Written comments on the proposal must be submitted by April 13, 2012. All correspondence
should be sent to the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission, Document Control
Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2118, and refer to case number PUC-2012-00008.
Interested persons desiring to submit comments electronically may do so at the SCC’s
website: www.scc.virginia.gov/case. Click on the PUBLIC COMMENTS/NOTICES link and
then the SUBMIT COMMENTS button for case number PUC-2012-00008.
PUC-2012-00008 – Order for notice and comment on
Verizon price safeguard extension
PUC-2007-00008 – Original order determining competitiveness
of Verizon retail services