Local Telephone Service FAQ
Things to consider when choosing a Local Telephone Service Provider...
Compare apples to apples. Local telephone service prices and packaging can be confusing. Some companies offer all-inclusive packages, while others offer basic telephone service with options available a la carte. In addition, make sure you understand the price being quoted. For example, does the rate quoted include taxes and fees? The Federal Subscriber Line Charge and 911 fees alone can add as much as $10.00 to your monthly bill. Local taxes can range from as low as 4% to as high as 25%.
The Virginia State Corporation Commission has allowed the use of deposits by utilities as a normal business protection against uncollectible accounts. Each utility may require deposits from customers as a matter of its operational business practices and procedures. However, when they do so, as in the case of a residential customer, the Commission has established specific rules governing deposits. These rules provide that the customer will be allowed to pay it in at least three consecutive equal monthly installments whenever the total amount of the required deposit exceeds $40.00. Deposits may be refunded at anytime, but should be held for no longer than one year if satisfactory credit is established. Deposits held longer than 90 days will begin to accumulate interest from the date the deposit is made until it is refunded.
On the other hand, advance payments have become an optional business decision for each provider. Some companies have chosen to require advance payment to defray the initial connection charges on the first bill.
Generally, the answer is yes, provided there are no technical limitations and you do not move outside your local calling area.
Companies are required to provide free blocking to these pay-per-call type destinations, if you request it.
No. Telephone service may be disconnected only for non-payment of regulated local services. Non-payment of unregulated services (long distance, voice mail, etc.) will not result in disconnection. There is a description of regulated and unregulated charges on your local bill. Companies may, of course, pursue all other legal means available to them for the collection of any debt.
It depends. The answer to your specific case will depend upon how your line is configured. If dial-up modem speed is important to you, ask your provider for more details.
No, not unless you request a change. However, you should verify your listing information with your provider when placing your order for service.
Ask your local telephone service provider.