The News-Messenger from Fremont, Ohio on August 10, 1981 · 22
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22 Monday, Aug. 10, 1981, The News-Messenger, Fremont, 0. Notice of Application of General Telephone Company of Ohio for Increases and Adjustments in Rates and Charges Pursuant to the requirements of Section 4909.1 9 of the Ohio Revised Code, General Telephone Company of Ohio hereby gives notice that on June 30, 1981, it filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio an application (PUCO Docket No. 81-383-TP-AIR) for authority to increase and adjust its rates and charges for telecommunications service and to change its regulations and practices affecting the same. This notice contains the substance and prayer of the application. However, any interested party desiring complete detailed information with respect to all affected rates, charges, regulations and practices should inspect a copy of the application and all attached schedules at the office of the Commission, 375 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio. A copy of the application may be inspected by any interested party at the office of the General Telephone Company of Ohio located at 100 Executive Drive, Marion, Ohio. A copy of the application and the proposed tariff sheets is also available for inspection during normal business hours at any public business office or Phone Mart of General Telephone Company of Ohio. In addition, the proposed tariffs were mailed to the mayors and legislative authorities of all municipalities served by the company on March 27, 1981, as part of the company's notification of its intent to file. This application affects rates and charges for telecommunications services to all customers of General Telephone Company of Ohio, provided pursuant to its Exchange Rate Tariff, P.U.C.O. No. 6, and General Exchange Tariff, P.U.C.O. No. 7. Any person, firm, corporation or association may file, pursuant to Section 4909.19 of the Ohio Revised Code, objections to the proposed Increases and adjustments In rates and charges, and to the proposed changes In regulations and practices affecting the same. The objections may allege that such application contains proposals that are unjust and discriminatory or unreasonable. Recommendations which differ from the application may be made by the staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio or by intervening parties and may be adopted by the Commission. Local Exchange Service The application proposes to change and restructure the existing exchange rate groups and charges. The proposed local exchange rate groups will identify only the main stations within each exchange. Zone rates for one and four-party charges within each exchange, which some customers pay in addition to their basic rates, will be Increased. Other zone charges will remain the same or decrease. The extent of existing extended area service (EAS) will determine the amount of a supplemental charge to be added to the exchange local service and zone rate charges. The EAS supplemental charge will be applied in all exchanges having EAS. (EAS is not optional). Local exchange service customers will pay a separate charge for each telephone provided by the company in addition to the appropriate local service rate, zone rate (if applicable), and EAS supplemental charges (if applicable). Multi-party residence and business service and two-party business service will be eliminated. Certain base rate areas and zone areas within certain exchanges will be expanded. As proposed in the application, General Telephone Company of Ohio will offer only one, two, and four-party residence service, and one-party business service as local exchange services. The average percentage changes in monthly rates for residence one-party, two-party, or four-party exchange service and for one-party business exchange service in representative communities, should the requested increase be granted in full, are shown below. Proposed rates for services in the company's 232 other exchanges are contained in the proposed tariff sheets which can be inspected as stated previously. R-1 R-2 R-4 B-1 Amanda Exchange - From Rate Schedule 5 to Rate Schedule 5 Current Rates $11.20 $10.15 $ 9.25 $23.15 Total Proposed Rates 16.59 13.64 . 12.01 31.68 Exchange Rate 13.85 11.15 9.65 27.70 Main Telephone 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.50 EAS Charge 1.24 .99 .86 2.48 Increase 5.39 3.49 2.76 8.53 Percent Increase" 48 34 30 37 Brookvllle Exchange - From Rate Schedule 4 to Rate Schedule 6 Current Rates $10.80 $ 9.75 $ 8.90 $22.00 Total Proposed Rates 17.42 14.26 12.60 33.30 Exchange Rate 14.85 11.90 10.35 29.65 Main Telephone" 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.50 EAS Charge 1.07 .86 .75 2.15 Increase 6.62 4.51 3.70 11.30 Percent Increase" 61 46 42 51 Catawba Exchange - From Rate Schedule 5 to Rate Schedule 3 Current Rates $11.20 $10.15 $ 9.25 $23.15 Total Proposed Rates 14.54 11.94 10.66 27.58 Exchange Rate 11.80 9.45 8.30 23.60 Main Telephone" 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.50 EAS Charge 1.24 .99 .86 2.48 Increase 3.34 1.79 1.41 4.43 Percent Increase" 30 18 15 19 Cheshire Center Exchange - From Rate Schedule 9A to Rate Schedule 5 Current Rates $13.15 $11.90 $11.00 $28.80 Total Proposed Rates 33.30 27.01 23.69 65.06 Exchange Rate 13.85 11.15 9.65 27.70 Main Telephone 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.50 EAS Charge 17.95 14.36 12.54 35.86 Increase 20.15 15.11 12.69 36.26 Percent Increase" 153 127 115 126 Grafton Exchange From Rate Schedule 5A to Rate Schedule 5 Current Rates Total Proposed Rates Exchange Rate Main Telephone EAS Charge Increase Percent Increase $11.30 $10.20 $ 9.45 $23.45 15.98 13.85 1.50 .63 4.68 41 13.16 11.15 1.50 .51 2.96 29 11.60 9.65 1.50 .45 2.15 23 30.48 27.70 1.50 1.28 7.03 30 Marblehead Exchange - From Rate Schedule 3A to Rate Schedule 5 Current Rates $10.50 $ 9.50 $ 8.80 $21.20 Total Proposed Rates 16.09 13.24 11.66 30.67 Exchange Rate 13.85 11.15 9.65 27.70 Main Telephone 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.50 EAS Charge .74 .59 .51 1.47 Increase 5.59 3.74 2.86 9.47 Percent Increase" 53 39 33 45 Milan Exchange - From Rate Schedule 3A to Rate Schedule 5 . . Current Rates $10.50 $ 9.50 $ 6.80 $21.20 Total Proposed Rates 15.61 12.86 11.33 29.73 Exchange Rate 13.85 11.15 9.65 27.70 Main Telephone' 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.50 EAS Charge .26 .21 .18 .53 Increase 5.11 3.36 2.53 8.53 Percent Increase" 49 35 ' 29 40 New Concord Exchange - From Rate Schedule 3 to Rate Schedule 5 Current Rates $10.40 $ 9.40 $ 8.50 $20.90 Total Proposed Rates 15.93 13.12 11.56 30.36 Exchange Rate 13.85 11.15 9.65 27.70 Main Telephone 1.50 1.50 J .50 1.50 EAS Charge .58 .47 .41 1.16 Increase 5.53 3.72 3.06 9.46 Percent Increase" 53 40 36 45 Seaman Exchange - From Rate Schedule 2 to Rate Schedule 4 Current Rates $10.00 $ 9.05 $ 8.15 $19.85 Total Proposed Rates 15.37 12.58 11.22 29.19 Exchange Rate 12.70 10.15 8.90 25.35 Main Telephone' 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.50 EAS Charge 1.17 .93 . .82 2.34 . Increase 5.37 3.53 3.07 9.34 Percent Increase" 54 39 38 , 47 Sylvanla Exchange - From Rate Schedule 8 to Rate Schedule 9 Current Rates $12.45 $11.50 $10.45 $26.80 Total Proposed Rates 20.37 16.57 14.37 39.24 Exchange Rate 17.85 14.25 12.50 35.70 Main Telephone 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.50 EAS Charge 1.02 .82 .73 2.04 Increase . 7.92 5.07 4.28 12.44 Percent Increase" 64 44 41 46 Waverly Exchange - From Rate Schedule 2 to Rate Schedule 6 . Current Rates $10.00 $ 9.05 $ 8.15 $19.85 Total Proposed Rates 16.70 13.69 12.10 31.86 Exchange Rate 14.85 11.90 10.35 29.64 Main Telephone' 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.50 EAS Charge .35 .29 .25 .71 Increase 6.70 4.64 3.95 12.01 Percent Increase" 67 51 48 61 Winona Exchange - From Rate Schedule 4 to Rate Schedule 4 Current Rates $10.80 $ 9.75 $ 8.90 $22.00 Total Proposed Rates 15.60 12.77 11.39 29.67 Exchange Rate 12.70 10.15 8.90 25.35 Main Telephone ' 1.50 1.50 1.50. 1.50 EAS Charge 1.40 1.12 .99 2.82 Increase 4.80 3.02 2.49 7.67 Percent Increase" 44 31 28 35 Suburban Service Zone Rates Suburban Service Zone Rates also apply to customers outside the base rate area. R1B1 R-2 R-4 Zone A Current Rate $ 3.00 $2.50 $1.25 Proposed Rate 4.00 2.50 1.50 Increase 1.00 .25 Percent Increase 33 0 20 Zone B Current Rate $ 6.00 $5.00 $2.50 Proposed Rate 8.00 5.00 3.00 Increase 2.00 .50 Percent Increase 33 0 20, Zone C Current Rate $ 9.00 $7.50 . $3.75 Proposed Rate 10.00 6.00 4.00 lncrease(DeCrease) 1.00 (1.50) .25 Percent lnc.(Dec.) 11 ( 20) 7 Add $1.50 for each additional telephone provided by the company "Includes one instrument R-1 Residence Individual Line R-4 Residence Four-Party Line R-2 Residence Two-Party Line B-1 Business Individual Line Nonrecurring Charges The company proposes to restructure Its service connection charges into a number of individual elements corresponding more closely to the work functions performed. Under the proposal, residence telephone service could be connected for the minimum nonrecurring charge of $16.00 in a location where telephone service previously existed if the customer accepts the telephone instrument in place. If additional work functions were required, the maximum proposed charge for installation of residence service with one company provided telephorfe could be as much as $33.00. Systematic Reclassification The company is proposing to systematically reclassify an exchange, assigning it to the next higher or lower exchange rate group, and thus raising or lowering the applicable local service or EAS supplemental charges for basic service, when the number of telephones which customers can call toll-free exceeds or drops below established limits for a specified period of time. Optional Equipment and Services Rates and charges for some optional equipment and services would be increased. The monthly charge for a company provided telephone will be $1 .50, the same as the current residence extension rate. There will no longer be a monthly customer credit for each telephone provided by a customer. Varying increases are proposed for such options as two-line telephones with holding features, three-line telephones, sound booster handsets, speakerphones, cradle-phones, and chestphones. Paystatlon Telephone Service The company proposes to increase the paystation rate . from $.10 to $.20. The proposed rate for semi-public paystation service is a flat rate equal to the business one-party rate plus $12.00, plus zone charges (if applicable). The existing credit against the flat rate for coin-in-box revenues generated will be discontinued. Mobile Telephone Service Proposed rates for mobile telephone service are broken ' into rates for items of equipment which range from $2.00 to $95.00 for monthly rates, and from $20.00 to $75.00 for nonrecurring charges, depending upon the item, and for the exchange access line furnished for all mobile telephone service. The proposed rate for the exchange access line is $35.00. Private Line Services (Special Circuits) Increases are proposed for private line channels and associated equipment. Centrex Proposed rates for centrex CU service and for centrex CO service are restructured from present rates, but do not involve an increase in rates for this service which is offered only to existing customers. - Private Branch Exchange (PBX Services) Rates for most manual and electromechanical PBX's would be increased substantially. For example, increases in the monthly rate for the common equipment associated with such PBX's would be: $66.00 for a Leich 40 PABX, $105.00 for a Leich 80 PABX, and $120.00 for a GTD-120 PABX. Rates and charges for the GTD-1000 PBX would be increased. Significant increases are also proposed for installation and service charges for these PBX's. Key Telephone Systems and Equipment Rates and charges for the key telephone systems would be increased. Forexample, the proposed change in monthly rate for a six button key telephone set is an increase of $3.00. Increases also are proposed for most optional features and equipment associated with these systems and sets. Miscellaneous Products and Services Increases in rates and charges are proposed for most of the miscellaneous products and services. Proposed rates and charges may be found in the company's proposed tariff sheets. Flexible Pricing (Minimum Level Pricing) The company is proposing minimum level pricing for certain communications systems and equipment. For such systems and equipment, rates and charges will be identified as a minimum level only. The maximum level of such rates and charges would be two times the minimum level. The applicable rates and charges which may be anywhere within the range of the minimum and the maximum levels would be covered in a price list furnished to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Not less than twenty days prior to the effective date of any changes in the rates and charges for such systems and equipment, the company would furnish to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio a new price list reflecting such changes in rates and charges. Station Connection Expensing Adjustment The company also is requesting permission to adjust its rates and charges on October 1 , 1 982, October 1 , 1 983, and October 1 , 1 984, to reflect increased expense to the company for performing the inside wiring portion of station connection work previously capitalized and charged to FCC Account No. 232. The prayer of the application requests the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to do the following: (a) Find that the company's present rates and charges and the regulations and practices affecting the same are unjust, unreasonable and insufficient to yield reasonable compensation for the services rendered; (b) Find that the rates and charges and regulations and practices proposed are just and reasonable and will provide not more than a fair and reasonable rate of return on the value of the company's property actually used and useful for the convenience of the public; (c) Approve the filing pf the proposed schedule sheets contained in Schedule E-1 of the application, modified to reflect such revisions thereof as may become effective, pursuant to orders of the Commission, during the interim between the filing of the application and the date upon which the schedule sheets become effective; (d) Order that the proposed schedule sheets become effective forthwith; (e) Approve the withdrawal of the present schedule sheets contained in Schedule E-2 of the application; (f) Grant such other and further relief as the company is reasonable entitled to in the premises. The form of this notice has been approved by The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. PublihAug.3. 10. 17. 1981

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