PUC may change fixed lifeline rates

June 18, 2009 9:12:39 PM PDT
Right now, about two million low-income Californians are paying a fixed rate of about $6 per month for landline phone service.

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However, under the new proposal, Lifeline rates could go up every time regular basic phone rates rise. Lifeline customers and advocates asked the PUC to keep the rates fixed.

"I have a hard enough time now with the $6. If that doubled, I mean I would have to cut out a meal," says Stephen Tennis, a Lifeline customer.

The PUC put off a decision on Thursday, but it will take up the lifeline proposal in July or August. 7 On Your Side will be keeping an eye on this.

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