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Verizon Public Notice 5/7/09

Public Notice
Basic and low cost telephone services from Verizon
 
Verizon is an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) in Texas under Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) and Public Utility Commission of Texas
(PUCT) guidelines. As such, we receive universal service funding, which enables
us to provide service at reasonable rates to high cost, usually rural area and lowincome
customers.
Under those guidelines, Verizon certifies that it provides the following basic
services for a monthly charge of $9.60 to $18.03 (plus Federal subscriber line
charge, applicable taxes and surcharges) to residence customers.
• Single-party service
• Voice grade access to the public switched network
• Touch call service
• Access to emergency services (including 911 and enhanced 911)
• Access to operator, interexchange and directory assistance services
We also provide a Lifeline discount for qualified low-income residence customers
of up to $13.80. Link Up service, a low-cost basic connection service, is also
available to qualified Lifeline customers at a 50% discount (up to $30). In addition,
we can provide Lifeline customers with free toll blocking to help control longdistance
usage. For Lifeline customers who do not pay toll charges, their access
to the toll network may be denied, but their local service won’t be disconnected.
To be eligible for participation in these programs an individual must participate in
at least one of the following: Medicaid, Food Stamps, Supplemental Security
Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance, Low-Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or health benefits coverage under the State Child
Health Plan (CHIP).
For more information on Lifeline and Link Up Services call Lite-Up Texas
at 1-866-454-8387 or Verizon’s Customer Sales and Solution Center
at 1-800-483-4000 (Residence)
Antenna on Your TV? Act Now to Make Sure You Are Prepared
The nationwide switch to digital television broadcasting will be complete
on June 12, 2009, but your local TV stations may switch sooner. Act now to
make sure you are prepared. By June 12, 2009, analog-only TVs that receive
programming through an antenna will require a converter box to continue to receive
over-the-air TV. Some broadcast stations may transition earlier, so you should
check with your local broadcast stations to confirm when they will turn off their
analog signal and switch to digital-only broadcasting.
TVs connected to FiOS TV will not be affected by the broadcast DTV transition.
Analog-only TVs should also continue to work as before to receive low power,
Class A or translator television stations and with cable and satellite TV services,
gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products.
Information about obtaining subsidized coupons for the government’s converter
box program can be obtained at www.ntiadtv.gov, www.dtv2009.gov or by calling
1-888-DTV-2009, or 1-877-530-2634 (TTY). More information about the broadcast
DTV transition in general is available at your local television stations, www.DTV.gov
or by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (voice) or 1-888-TELL-FCC (TTY). You may also
contact the DTV Transition Coalition at www.dtvtransition.org, or Verizon at
1-888-558-3755 (voice) or 888-558-3770 (TTY).