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Business Discount Plan, Inc.

 

One World Trade Center, Suite 800

Long Beach CA 90831

 

 

Telecommunications Service Guide

 

For Interstate and International Services

 

 

                                                                   January 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Service Guide contains the descriptions, regulations, and rates applicable to furnishing of domestic Interstate and International Long Distance Telecommunications Services provided by Business Discount Plan, Inc. (“BDP” or “Company”).  This Service Guide and is available to Customers and the public in accordance with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Public Availability of Information Concerning Interexchange Services rules, 47 CFR Section 42.10. Additional information is available by contacting Business Discount Plan, Inc.’s Customer Service Department toll free at 800.680.1120, or in writing directed to Customer Service, One World Trade Center Suite 800 Long Beach CA 90831. 

 

 

 


INTRODUCTION

 

This Service Guide contains the rates, terms, and conditions applicable to the provision of domestic Interstate and International Long Distance Services.  This Service Guide is prepared in accordance with the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Availability of Information Concerning Interexchange Services rules, 47 C.F.R. Section 42.10, and Service Agreement and may be changed and/or discontinued by the Company.

 

This Service Guide governs the relationship between Business Discount Plan, Inc. and its Interstate and International Long Distance Service Customers, pursuant to applicable federal regulation, federal and state law, and any client-specific arrangements.  In the event one or more of the provisions contained in this Service Guide shall, for any reason be held to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable in any respect, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect any other provision hereof, and this Service Guide shall be construed as if such invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision had never been contained herein. Should any provision contained in this Service Guide be determined to conflict with a corresponding provision appearing in a Company intrastate tariff or Service Guide, the corresponding intrastate provision shall be deemed prevailing exclusively for intrastate service.

 

BY PRESUBSCRIBING, SUBSCRIBING, OTHERWISE UTILIZING, OR PAYING, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FOR BUSINESS DISCOUNT PLAN, INC.’s SERVICES, YOU HEREBY AGREE TO THE RATES, CHARGES, TERMS, AND CONDITIONS WHICH FOLLOW.  IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOUR USE OF BUSINESS DISCOUNT PLAN,, INC.’s SERVICES HAS BEEN MADE IN ERROR, PLEASE CONTACT CENTRAL TELECOM LONG DISTANCE, INC.’S CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY AT 800.680.1120.

 

BY PRESUBSCRIBING, SUBSCRIBING, OTHERWISE UTILIZING, OR PAYING, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FOR Business Discount Plan, Inc.’s INTERSTATE AND/OR INTERNATIONAL SERVICES, YOU AGREE THAT ANY DISPUTE BETWEEN YOU AND THE COMPANY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE COMPANY’S SERVICES WILL BE RESOLVED THROUGH BINDING ARBITRATION AS SET FORTH IN PROVISIONS ELSEWHERE IN THIS SERVICE GUIDE.  YOU AGREE THAT SUCH DISPUTES WILL NOT BE RESOLVED BY A JUDGE OR JURY IN COURT (EXCEPT FOR SMALL CLAIMS COURT, IF APPLICABLE, UNLESS OTHERWISE RULED UNENFORCABLE. YOU FURTHER AGREE THAT ANY DISPUTE YOU MAY HAVE AGAINST COMPANY CANNOT BE JOINED WITH THE DISPUTE OF ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY IN A LAWSUIT, ARBITRATION OR ANY OTHER PROCEEDING, OR RESOLVED ON A CLASS-WIDE BASIS. PROVIDED THAT NOTHING IN THIS SERVICE GUIDE SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO LIMIT OR FORECLOSE A CUSTOMER’S RIGHT TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH ANY GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY HAVING JURISDICTION OVER THE COMPANY OR ITS SERVICES. 


GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING ORDERING, CHANGING

AND TERMINATING SERVICE

 

General Ordering Information

 

Business Discount Plan, Inc. offers Long Distance interexchange telecommunications Services to commercial and residential customers utilizing the network services of one or more underlying carriers.  The Company’s Long Distance interexchange Service Plans may be offered independent of one another or in combination. Company’s Subscribed and Presubscribed Long Distance Services are Automatically Bundled.

 

The Company can only accept a request for new Service from a Prospective Customer or change of Service from a Customer.  Customers and Prospective Customers should contact the Company’s Customer Service Department at 800.680.1120 to order Long Distance Service and to obtain product, Service and rate information.  All services bear a monthly recurring charge.

 

A Network Access Fee is applied to the Customer’s bill for all Long Distance Services, unless otherwise stated as set forth in this Service Guide.  Customers shall be responsible for contacting their previous Presubscribed/Subscribed carrier(s) to ensure that all services formerly received from the previous Presubscribed/Subscribed carrier(s) is/are cancelled and that no ongoing contractual obligations remain.  Customers may also contact Company at 800.680.1120 to assist in cancelling all previous carrier Presubscribed/Subscribed services.

 

When the Prospective Customer selects the Company’s Long Distance Services, the Prospective Customer will be Subscribed to Company’s Long Distance Services.  A separate Presubscribed Long Distance Service order is placed before Customer may access Company’s Presubscribed Long Distance Services unless otherwise requested by Prospective Customer.

 

Prospective Customers will Presubscribe to the Company’s Long Distance Services after successfully undergoing the Local Exchange Carrier’s PIC change process.  Prospective Customers may Subscribe to the Company’s Long Distance services directly without undergoing the Local Exchange Carrier PIC change process.  Prospective Customers may verify that they are successfully Presubscribed to Company’s Long Distance Services by contacting their Local Exchange Carrier and/or dialing 700.555.4141.  Prospective Customers may contact Company to request assistance in Presubscribing to Company’s Long Distance Service if the Local Exchange Carrier’s PIC change process is unsuccessful or to assist in removing Local Exchange Carrier toll blocking or other restrictions. 

 

Minimum Service Period

 

The Minimum Service Period for all Services is one month, thirty (30) days.  Customers who cancel Service prior to the completion of the Minimum Service Period will be billed all applicable monthly recurring charges for the full thirty (30) day period.  Monthly recurring charges are not prorated and are billed in arrears.

 


GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING ORDERING, CHANGING

AND TERMINATING SERVICE, Continued

 

Account Verification

 

Prior to initiation of Long Distance Service, Company shall verify that the Prospective Customer has affirmatively selected Company as its Long Distance Service provider through an independent third party verification of the Prospective Customer’s request for service pursuant to Section 64.1120, 47 C.F.R. §64. 64.1120.

 

Terminating Service

 

To terminate Company’s Long Distance Services, Customers must directly contact the Company and request that all Subscribed and/or Presubscribed Long Distance Services be cancelled, in accordance with the Customer’s intent.    The minimum service period for all services is one month, thirty (30) days.  Customers who cancel service prior to the completion of the minimum service period will be billed all monthly recurring charges.  Terms and conditions of Service are described beginning on Sheet No. 10.  Specific Long Distance Service descriptions begin on page 37; Rates and Charges begin on page 39.  In addition to the Company’s tariffed Long Distance Service rates, Customers are responsible for payment of all taxes and surcharges applicable to service provision  The Customer may only cancel service, whether the Customer is presubscribed or has subscribed, to a Company switched access long distance plan, a casual calling plan, or a calling card, by the following means: (1) the Customer must call the Company’s Customer Service Department at 800.680.1120 (2) write the Company’s Customer Service Department at One World Trade Center Suite 800 Long Beach CA 90831. The Company cannot accept a request for cancellation of service from an agent or representative of a Customer. The Company cannot accept a request for cancellation of Company’s Long Distance Services from an agent or representative of a Customer. Cancellation by the Customer of Presubscribed intrastate and interstate long distance services will not automatically result in the cancellation of casual calling, travel card and other Subscribed services.  The Customer must notify the Company of the cancellation of Presubscribed and Subscribed services.

 


GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING ORDERING, CHANGING

AND TERMINATING SERVICE, Continued

 

Assignment or Transfer of Service

 

The Customer may not assign or transfer its rights or duties in connection with the services and equipment or facilities provided by the Company without the written consent of the Company. The Company may assign its rights and duties (a) to any subsidiary, parent company, or affiliate of the Company, (b) pursuant to any sale or transfer of substantially all the assets of the Company, or (c) pursuant to any financing, merger or reorganization of the Company

 

Business Discount Plan, Inc.’s Interstate and International Long Distance Service rates, charges, terms, and conditions are subject to change, unless otherwise established under separate agreement.  In-state rates vary and may be higher.  Additional information is available for those states where Company provides in-state long distance services under in-state service guide.  If you reside in a state where Company files tariffs with the state regulatory utility commission, please refer to the Company’s state tariff

 

Business Discount Plan, Inc. reserves the right to, from time-to-time, withdraw Long Distance Services provided under this Service upon Notice to Customer. Business Discount Plan, Inc.  also reserves the right to, from time-to-time, add Services available under this Service Guide or to otherwise modify the Service Guide(s) and change rates.  Notice of such an additions or modifications will be made via posting to the Company’s web site http://centraltelecomlongdistance.com or may also be obtained by contacting Customer Service at 800.680.1120.

 


TECHNICAL TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

 

Automatically Bundled

 

The Customer’s ability to use corresponding bundled Presubscribed and Subscribed Long Distance Services without placing an additional Service Order, even if corresponding Service is not used by Customer.

 

Affirmation

 

A solemn statement of truth, made under penalty of perjury before a notary public.

 

Called Station:

 

The terminating point of a call (i.e., the called number).

 

Calling Card/Travel Card:

 

A card issued by Company containing such account numbers assigned to its Customer which enables the charges for calls made to be properly billed on a pre-arranged basis.  Company’s Calling Card Service is considered a Subscribed Service.

 

Commission:

 

Federal Communications Commission

 

Company:

 

Business Discount Plan, Inc. (“BDP” or “Company”)

 

Carrier Identification Code (CIC)

 

A code used to route and bill calls in the public switched telephone network. CICs are four-digit codes in the format XXXX, where X is any digit from 0 through 9. Company uses the CIC of its underlying carriers. Subscribed Customers may access Company’s Subscribed Services by dialing the Company’s  assigned CIC and desired area code and telephone number.


TECHNICAL TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS, Continued

 

Customer:

 

The person, firm, corporation or other entity that has ordered and has the ability to use the Company's Long Distance Services offered in this Service Guide, as defined herein, and who is responsible for payment of charges in compliance with the regulations in this Service Guide.  If an individual, a Customer may include a family member or person who can represent that they are authorized to place an order.  A person serving as an individual’s agent may not also act in the capacity of an employee or agent of a corporation, an institution or other legal entity with respect to the individual’s Service under this Service Guide.  A Customer is the end user of Company’s Services.

 

Dial Around

 

The ability of a Customer to access Subscribed Long Distance Services, as defined herein, by dialing the Company’s assigned Carrier Identification Codes 1010-444 or 1010-432, by dialing the toll free network access number, as assigned to the Subscriber by the Company.

 

Disconnect or Disconnection:

 

The termination of a circuit connection between the originating station and the called station or the Company’s operator.

 

Measured Service:

 

The provision of long distance measured time communications telephone service to customers who access the Company's Service at its contracted interexchange carriers' switching and call processing equipment by means of access facilities obtained from local exchange common carrier(s).  Company contacted interexchange carrier is responsible for arranging the access lines.

 

Monthly Bill Statement Fee:

 

A monthly fee applied to Customers when they receive their long distance charges as part of their local telephone company bills.

 

 


TECHNICAL TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS, Continued

 

Minimum Service Period:

 

The minimum period of time, for which Customers can Subscribe or Presubscribe to the Company’s Services and for which the Customer is obligated to pay the monthly service charge applicable to that service. The Minimum Service Period for all Services is one month, thirty (30) days.

 

Network Access Fee:

 

A monthly recurring charge applicable to the Customer’s ability to use Company’s Services as set forth in this Service Guide. 

 

PIC (Primary Interexchange Carrier):

 

A long distance company to which Presubscribed intra and interLATA traffic is automatically routed based on the dialing customer’s choice of carriers. Selection of a PIC or “PIC change” with respect to a particular telephone line is known as "presubscribing" for that line.  Once a PIC is designated, a caller who dials "1 + area code + number" or "0 + area code + number" is automatically routed to the interexchange carrier designated. The term PIC is inapplicable to Subscribed Services.

 

Presubscribe or Presubscription

 

The Prospective Customer’s order for Company’s Long Distance Services through the Company, which involves the Local Exchange Carrier’s PIC change process.

 

Presubscribed

 

Company’s Long Distance Services that require successful completion of a Local Exchange Carrier’s PIC change process.

 

Prospective Customer:

 

A person, firm, corporation or other entity who has authority to order and use the Company's Services offered in this Tariff and who will be responsible for payment of charges in compliance with the regulations in this Tariff. If an individual, a Prospective Customer may include a family member or person who can represent that they are authorized to place an order.  .  A person serving as an individual’s agent may not also act in the capacity of an employee or agent of a corporation, an institution or other legal entity with respect to the individual’s Service under this Service Guide.

 

Point of Presence:

 

The point of physical interconnection between the local exchange company's local network and the interexchange carrier's network ("POP").

 

TECHNICAL TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS, Continued

 

Remote Toll Fraud:

 

Unauthorized outbound calls to interstate locations (including all interstate locations that utilize the North American Dialing Plan) placed via remote accessing of the Customer’s PBX or single electronic key system where such equipment (“Customer Premises Equipment” or “CPE”) is located on the Customer’s premises within the U.S. mainland, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  CPE does not include PBX or single electronic key systems not owned or leased or under the direct control of the Customer. 

 

Remote Toll Fraud does not include any calls placed by means of wireless access or PCS or cellular calls, 1010XXX calls, calls placed by means of operator service, calls accessing the network by dialing 0- or 0+ for network access, 800/900 pay-per-call traffic, or unauthorized usage as defined in this paragraph that is placed via any non-Company conference service or Centrex systems.

 

Service/Long Distance Service

 

Interexchange Long Distance Services provided by Company to commercial and residential Customers. Service under this Service Guide includes Automatically Bundled  Presubscribed Long Distance interexchange, Subscribed Dial Around Long Distance interexchange, Calling Card Service plans, and Directory Assistance  .

 

Service Plan/Long Distance Service Plan

 

Service consisting of corresponding Automatically Bundled Presubscribed Long Distance interexchange, Subscribed Long Distance Dial Around, Calling Card Service and Directory Assistance rates, terms and conditions.

 

Subscribe or Subscription:

 

The Customer’s order for Company’s Long Distance Service directly through the Company and not involving the Local Exchange Carrier’s PIC change process.

 

Subscribed

 

Company’s Long Distance Services not involving the Local Exchange Carrier’s PIC change process, following Company’s completion of the Customer’s Long Distance Services order.

 

Subscriber:

 

See “Customer” definition.

 


 

UNDERTAKING OF THE COMPANY

 

Company's services are furnished for Long Distance interexchange telecommunications originating and/or terminating in any area between points within the contiguous United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands.

 

All services provided pursuant to this Service Guide are subject to the conditions contained in this section.  The Company may, at its discretion, waive, modify or amend these conditions upon written notice to Customer.

 

Company is a provider of Interstate Interexchange Telecommunications Service to Customers for direct transmission and reception of voice, data and other types of communications.

 

Company resells access, switching, transport, and termination services provided by interexchange carriers.

 

The Company’s services are provided on a monthly basis unless otherwise provided, and are available twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week.

 

Request for service under this Service Guide will authorize the Company to conduct a credit search on the Customer.  The Company reserves the right to refuse service on the basis of credit history, and to refuse further service due to late payment or nonpayment by the Customer.

 

Customers whose Service charges appear on incumbent local exchange carrier invoices are separately subject to the billing practices and policies of the billing entity.  Questions regarding such billing practices and policies should be directed to the billing entity.

 


 

LIMITATIONS OF SERVICE

 

Service is offered subject to availability of the necessary facilities and/or equipment and subject to the provisions of this Service Guide.  Company reserves the right not to provide service to or from a location where the necessary facilities or equipment are not available.

Company reserves the right to immediately disconnect service without incurring liability when necessitated by conditions beyond the company's control or when the customer is using the service in violation of the provisions of this Service Guide, the laws, rules, regulations, or policies, of the jurisdiction of the originating station or the terminating station, or the laws of the United States including rules, regulations, and policies of the Federal Communications Commission.

 

The Company does not undertake to transmit messages, but offers the use of its facilities when available, and will not be liable for errors in transmission or for failure to establish connections.

 

The Customer obtains no property right or interest in the use of any specific type of facility, service, equipment, telephone number, process or code.  All rights, titles and interests remain, at all times, solely with the Company.

 

Customers may not modify or assign any agreement for service with the Company.  In its sole discretion, the Company may assign agreements for service.

 

The Company reserves the right to refuse an application for service by a present or former Customer who is indebted to the Company for service previously rendered pursuant to this Service Guide until the indebtedness is satisfied.

 

Company may, without obtaining any further consent from the Customer, assign any rights, privileges, or obligations under this Service Guide. 

 

Service may not be used for any unlawful purpose or for any use as to which the Customer has not obtained all governmental approvals, authorizations, licenses, consents and permits required to be obtained by the Customer with respect thereto.

 

The Company reserves the right to classify service as business or residential. The Company may, at its discretion, levy charges for services which have been misclassified.

 

 


 

LIMITATIONS OF SERVICE, Continued

 

The Company may, upon reasonable notice, make such tests and inspections as may be necessary to determine whether the terms and conditions of this Service Guide are being complied with in the installation, operation or maintenance of the Customer’s or the Company’s facilities or equipment.

 

The Company may require a Customer to immediately shut down its transmission of signals if said transmission is causing interference to others. 

 

A Customer may not use the services so as to interfere with or impair service over any facilities and associated equipment, or so as to impair the privacy of any communications over such facilities and associated equipment. 

 

Customer use of any resold service obtained from other service providers shall also be subject to any applicable restrictions in the underlying providers’ publicly available price sheets.

 

A Customer, joint user, or authorized user shall not represent that its services are provided by the Company, or otherwise indicate to its Customers that its provision of services is jointly with the Company, without the written consent of the Company.  The relationship between the Company and Customer shall not be that of partners or agents for one or the other, and shall not be deemed to constitute a partnership or agency agreement. 

 

 


 

USE

 

Service may be used for the transmission of communications by the Customer for any lawful purpose for which the service is technically suited.

 

Service may not be used for any unlawful purpose.  Service may not be used for any purpose for which any payment or other compensation is received by the Customer, except when the Customer is a duly authorized and regulated common carrier.  This provision does not prohibit an arrangement between the Customer, authorized user or joint user to share the cost of service.

 

The Company strictly prohibits use of the Company’s services without payment or an avoidance of payment by the Customer by fraudulent means or devices including providing falsified calling card numbers or invalid calling card numbers to the Company, providing falsified or invalid credit card numbers to the Company or in any way misrepresenting the identity of the Customer.

 

Calls may not be placed or received using any dial-around code belonging to the Company, Collect, Sent Paid, or 3rd Party calling whenever (1) there is no obligation on the part of the serving local telephone company to perform billing and collection on behalf of the Company; or (2) where an obligation exists on the part of the serving local telephone company to perform billing and collection on behalf of the Company, but the local telephone company fails to discharge the obligation property; or (3) the serving local telephone  company fails to furnish, or provides untimely or inadequate, billing name and address (“BNA”) to the Company; or (4) the serving local telephone company fails to furnish timely or adequate telephone number installation and disconnect information to the Company.  For the purposes of this Section, call blocking will occur whenever the Company is unable to recover at least 60% of its billable revenues from the customers within a local telephone company service area during any monthly billing period as the result of unavailable, untimely, or inadequate billing and collection or as the result of unavailable untimely, or inadequate BNA or telephone number installation and disconnect information.   


APPLICATION FOR SERVICE

 

Application for service may be made verbally or in writing.  The name(s) of the Customer(s) desiring to use the service must be set forth in the application for service.  

 

Company complies with Commission regulations governing Changes in Subscriber Carrier Selections, and associated service confirmation obligations pursuant to 47 C.F.R. §64.1100 et seq.

 

Applications for service are non-cancelable unless the Company otherwise agrees.  Where the Company permits the Customer to cancel an application for service prior to the start of service or prior to any special construction, no charges will be imposed except for those specified below.  Where the Company incurs any expense in connection with special arrangement, or where special arrangements of facilities or equipment have begun, before the company receives a cancellation notice, a charge equal to the costs incurred, less net salvage, applies.  In such cases the charge will be based on such elements as the cost of the equipment, facilities, and material, the cost of installation, engineering, labor, and supervision, general and administrative expense, other disbursements, depreciation, maintenance, taxes, provision for return on investment, and any other costs associated with the special construction or arrangements. 

 

Any special charges associated with cancellation before service is provided will be calculated and applied on a case-by-case basis.

 

Customers shall be responsible for contacting their previous presubscribed carrier(s) to ensure that all services formerly received from the previous presubscribed carrier(s) is/are cancelled and that no ongoing contractual obligations remain.

 

 


LIABILITIES OF THE COMPANY

 

The liability of the Company for damages arising out of mistakes, omissions, interruptions, delays, errors, or defects in transmission occurring in the course of furnishing service or other facilities and not caused by the negligence of the Customer, commences upon activation of service and in no event exceeds an amount equivalent to the proportionate charge to the Customer for the period of service during which such mistakes, omissions, interruptions, delays, errors, or defects in transmission occur.  In no event will the Company be responsible for consequential damages for lost profits suffered by a Customer or end user as the result of interrupted or unsatisfactory service.  For the purpose of computing such amount a month is considered to have 30 days.

 

Except as expressly warranted in writing by Company, Company makes no warranty or guarantee, express or implied, and Company expressly disclaims any implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

 

Company shall be indemnified and held harmless by the customer against:

 

1.         Claims for libel, slander, infringement of copyright or unauthorized use of any trademark, trade name or service mark arising out of the material, data, information or other content transmitted over company's facilities; and

 

2.         Claims for patent infringement arising from combining or connecting company’s facilities with apparatus and systems of the Customer; and

 

3.         All other claims arising out of any act or omission of the Customer in connection with any service provided by Company.

 

The Company is not liable for any defacement of, or damage to, the equipment or premises of a customer resulting from the furnishing of services when such defacement or damage is not the result of the Company's negligence.

 

Company shall not be liable for and the Customer indemnifies and holds harmless from any and all loss claims, demands, suits, or other action or liability whatsoever, whether suffered, made instituted or asserted by the Customer or by any other party or person, for any personal injury to, death of any person or persons, and for any loss, damage, defacement or destruction of the premises of the Customer or any other property, whether owned by the Customer or by others, caused or claimed to have been caused directly or indirectly by the installation, operation, failure to operate, maintenance, removal, presence, condition, location or use of equipment or wiring provided by Company where such installation, operation, failure to operate, maintenance, condition, location or use is not the direct result of Company’s negligence.


LIABILITIES OF THE COMPANY, Continued

 

No agents or employees of connecting, concurring or other participating carriers or companies shall be deemed to be agents or employees of the Company without written authorization.

 

The Company is not liable for any failure of performance hereunder due to causes beyond its control, including, but not limited to, unavoidable interruption in the working of its circuits or those of another common carrier; acts of nature, storms, fire, floods, or other catastrophes; any law, order, regulation, direction, action, or request of the United States Government, or any other governmental entity having jurisdiction over the Company or of any department, agency, commission, bureau, corporation, or other instrumentality or any one or more of such instrumentality or any one of more of such governmental entities, or of any civil or military authority; national emergencies, insurrections, riots, rebellions, wars, strikes, lockouts, work stoppages, or other labor difficulties; or notwithstanding anything in this Service Guide to the contrary, the unlawful acts of the Company’s agents and employees, if committed beyond the scope of their employment.

 

The Company shall not be liable for damages or adjustments, refunds, or cancellation of charges unless the Customer has notified the Company, in writing, of any dispute concerning charges, or the basis of any claim for damages, after the invoice is rendered by the company for the call giving rise to such dispute or claim, within ninety (90) calendar days after the invoice is rendered or a debit is effected by the Company for the call giving rise to such dispute or claim, unless ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction or state or federal regulatory body.  Any such notice must set forth sufficient facts to provide the Company with a reasonable basis upon which to evaluate the Customer’s claim or demands.

 

The Company shall not be liable for any damages, including usage charges that, the Customer may incur as a result of the unauthorized use of its communications equipment.  The unauthorized use of the Customer's communications equipment includes, but is not limited to, the placement of calls from the Customer's premises and the placement of calls through Customer-controlled or Customer-provisioned equipment that are transmitted or carried over the Company's network services without the authorization of the Customer.  The Customer shall be fully liable for all such charges.

 

The Company shall not be liable for damages or adjustments, refunds, or cancellation of charges unless the Customer has notified the Company, in writing, of any dispute concerning charges, or the basis of any claim for damages.

 

The Company will use reasonable efforts to make available services to a Customer on or before a particular date, subject to the provisions of, and compliance by the Customer with, the regulations contained in this Service Guide.  The Company does not guarantee availability by any such date and will not be liable for any delays in commencing service to any Customer.

 


LIABILITIES OF THE COMPANY, Continued

 

IN NO EVENT WILL THE COMPANY BE LIABLE TO THE CUSTOMER FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING LOST PROFITS (WHETHER OR NOT THE COMPANY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LOSS OR DAMAGES) BY REASON OF ANY ACT OR OMISSION IN ITS PERFORMANCE UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. 

 

THE COMPANY MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES ABOUT ITS SERVICES AND DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.  THE COMPANY DOES NOT AUTHORIZE ANYONE TO MAKE A WARRANTY ON THE COMPANY’S BEHALF AND THE CUSTOMER MAY NOT RELY ON ANY STATEMENT OF WARRANTY AS A WARRANTY BY THE COMPANY.  THIS SECTION SURVIVES TERMINATION OF THIS AGREEMENT.


 

OBLIGATIONS OF CUSTOMER

 

The Customer is responsible for the payment of all charges for service(s) provided under this Service Guide and for the payment of all assessments, duties, fees, surcharges, taxes, or similar liabilities whether charged to or against the Company or the Customer.  Service is provided for a minimum period of thirty (30) days (“Minimum Service Period”).  Customers are responsible for payment of monthly service charges for the entire Minimum Service Period, even if service is cancelled before the end of the Minimum Service Period.

 

Rates, fees and charges the Customer is obligated to pay include, but are not limited to, amounts the Company is required by governmental, quasi-governmental, or other entities to collect and/or to pay to designated entities.

 

The Company may adjust its rates and charges or impose additional rates and charges on its Customer in order to recover these amounts.  Unless specified otherwise herein, if an entity other than the Company (e.g., another carrier or supplier) imposes charges on the Company in connection with a Customer's Service, that entity's charges will be passed through to the Customer. The Customer is responsible for the payment of all such charges.

 

New Customers shall confirm with their local exchange service provider that the new Customer’s PIC change has been successfully implemented and that any previous Service restrictions, including, but not limited to, PIC freezes toll restriction, or third party bill blocking, have been removed.

 

Customer shall notify the Company of any interruption in service. Before giving notice, the Customer shall ascertain that the trouble is not being caused by action or omission of the subscriber, not within his control or is not in wiring or equipment annexed to the Company's terminal.

 

Customer is responsible for fault trouble-shooting and isolation of premise equipment and transmission signals and quality. Customer shall be liable to Company for the payment of a service charge for trouble-shooting and fault isolation for costs resulting from Company identification of a customer equipment malfunction that was reported by Customer as a service error, or fault, or where the Customer's equipment malfunction created a degradation of network facilities or service regardless of who identifies the trouble.

 

Customer shall comply with minimum protective criteria, as may be prescribed by the Company to protect equipment and facilities.

 

Customer shall be responsible for ensuring the Customer-provided signals will not result in interference with any of the services provided by Company. All signals must be of the proper type, bandwidth and other technical parameters, so as not to damage the Company's equipment or degrade service to other subscribers. It shall be the subscriber's responsibility to provide adequate electrical power, wiring and electrical outlets necessary for the proper operation of the Company's equipment on their premise.


 

OBLIGATIONS OF CUSTOMER, Continued

 

A Customer of toll-free services is responsible for payment for all calls placed to or via the Customer’s service number(s). This responsibility is not changed by virtue of any use, misuse, or abuse of the Customer’s service or interconnected Customer-provided system facilities or service, which use, misuse or abuse may be occasioned by third parties including, without limitation, the Customer’s employees and members of the public who dial the Customer’s toll-free service number(s) either by mistake or with the intent to abuse service.

 

Upon notice from the Company that the equipment or facilities of the Customer, or of others so authorized to be connected, is causing or is likely to cause hazard or interference, the Customer, or others so authorized to be connected, shall make such changes as may be necessary to remove or prevent such hazard or interference.

 

Customer shall be responsible for obtaining all necessary permits, licenses, variances and other authorizations required by the state and local authorities for installation and operation of Customer-provided equipment or facilities for connection with Company's equipment or facilities on the Customer’s property.

 

Customer shall make available entry to its premises for Company’s employees, agents or contractors at any reasonable hour for the purpose of installing, inspecting, or repairing equipment or service, or, upon termination of service, removing the Company's equipment.

 

Customers shall be responsible for contacting their previous presubscribed carrier(s) to ensure that all services formerly received from the previous presubscribed carrier(s) is/are cancelled and that no ongoing contractual obligations remain.

 

No Customer or authorized user may assign or delegate its responsibilities, duties, rights or obligations under this Service Guide to any person, corporation, or other entity without the express, written approval of Company; provided, however, that Customer may, without Company's approval, assign or delegate such responsibilities, duties, rights, or obligations to any subsidiary or affiliated organization or to any successor organization.

 

Customer is responsible for notifying the Company to cancel products and services and for ensuring that all products and services Presubscribed or Subscribed to by the Customer have been cancelled.


 

EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES

 

The Company will not be responsible for the installation, operation or maintenance of any Customer-provided communications equipment.  Where Customer-provisioned equipment is connected to the facilities furnished under this Service Guide, the responsibility of the Company will be limited to the furnishing of facilities offered pursuant to this Service Guide.  Beyond this responsibility, the Company will not be responsible for:

 

1.         The transmission of signals by Customer-provided equipment or for the quality of, or defects in, such transmission; or

 

2.         The reception of signals by Customer-provided equipment; or

 

3.         Network control signaling when performed by Customer-provided network control signaling equipment.

 

The Customer, authorized user, or joint user is responsible for ensuring that Customer-provided equipment connected to Company equipment and facilities is compatible with such Company equipment and facilities. 

 

Company’s service may be connected to the services or facilities of other communications carriers only when authorized by, and in accordance with, the terms and conditions of the price sheets of the other communications carrier(s) which are applicable to such connections.

 

SHORTAGE OF EQUIPMENT OR FACILITIES

 

The furnishing of service under this Service Guide is subject to the availability on a continuing basis of all the necessary facilities and is limited to the capacity of the company’s facilities as well as facilities the company may obtain from other carriers to furnish service from time to time as required at the sole discretion of the Company.


 

INTERRUPTION OF SERVICE

 

Allowances for interruptions of the Company’s services will be made:                                                                                                                             

For all of the Company’s domestic Services for which charges are specified on the basis of per minute of use or on usage of a fraction of a minute, and in which there may be interruption of an individual call, due to a condition in the Company’s shared interexchange facilities or in shared access or termination facilities provided by other carriers, which interruption can be remedied by redialing the call:

 

A credit allowance will be made for that portion of a call that is interrupted due to poor transmission (for example, noisy circuit), one way transmission (one party is unable to hear the other), or involuntary disconnection caused by deficiencies in the Company’s service.  The Customer may also be granted credit for reaching a wrong number.  To receive a credit, the Customer must notify a Company Customer Service representative and furnish information, including the called number, the service subscribed to, the difficulty experienced, and the approximate time the call was placed.                                                                                                                                                                       

Where a call has been disconnected, the Customer will be given a credit allowance equivalent to the charge for the initial minute of the call made to reestablish communications with the other party.  If the Customer reaches a wrong number, the Customer will be given a credit allowance equivalent to the charge for the initial minute of the call to the wrong number if the Customer reports the situation promptly to a Customer Service Representative.  This credit allowance for reaching wrong numbers is limited to an aggregate total of $100 over a 12-month period.     

 

Credit allowance for interruptions of service which are not due to Company's testing or adjusting, to the negligence of the Customer, or to the failure of channels, equipment and/or communications equipment provided by the Customer, are subject to the general Liabilities of the Company, above.  It shall be the obligation of the Customer to notify Company of any interruptions of service.  Before giving such notice, the Customer shall ascertain that the trouble is not being caused by any action or omission of the Customer, not within the Customer's control.

 

No credit allowances will be allowed for an interruption of services for continuous duration of less than two hours.

 


INTERRUPTION OF SERVICE, Continued

 

For purposes of credit computation or leased facilities, every month shall be considered to have 720 hours.

 

The Customer shall be credited for an interruption of two (2) hours or more at the rate of 1/720th of the monthly recurring charge, if any, for the facilities affected for each hour or major fraction thereof that the interruption continues.

 

Credit formula:  Credit = (A/720) X B

A  = outage time in hours

            B  =  total monthly recurring charge for affected utility                                                                                                                             

No credit allowances will be made for:                                                                                                                                                                                                           

1.         Interruptions caused by the Customer’s negligence or the negligence of others authorized by the Customer to use the Customer’s Company-provided service.

 

2.         Interruptions due to the failure of power, equipment, systems, or services not provided by the Company.

 

3.         Interruptions during any period during which the Company or its agents are not afforded access to the premises where access lines associated with the Customer’s services are terminated.

 

4.         Interruptions during any period when the Customer has released the service to the Company for maintenance or rearrangement purposes, or for the implementation of the Customer’s order.

 

5.         Interruptions during the periods when the Customer elects not to release the service for testing or repair and continues to use it on impaired basis.

 

6.         Non-completion of calls due to network busy conditions.

 

7.         Interruptions not reported to the Company.

 

8.         Interruptions in service due to the performance of the telecommunications network furnishing the Company service.

 

An interruption period begins when the Customer reports to the Company that the service has been interrupted and releases it for testing and repair.  An interruption period ends when the service is operative again.  If the Customer reports the service to be inoperative but declines to release it for testing and repair, the service is deemed to be impaired, but not interrupted.  If the Customer elects to use another means of communication during the period of interruption, the Customer must pay the charges for the alternative service used.

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RESTORATION OF SERVICE

 

The use and restoration of service in emergencies shall be in accordance with part 64, Subpart D of the Federal Communications Commission's Rules and Regulations which specifies the priority system for such activities.

 

MINIMUM SERVICE PERIOD

 

The Minimum Service Period for all services, unless otherwise stated is one month, thirty (30) days.  Service retained for less than the Minimum Service Period will be billed for a full month of service, including all charges.  Charges are billed in arrears.

 

DEPOSITS AND ADVANCE PAYMENTS

 

The Company reserves the right to collect deposits and advance payments for Customer’s Interstate and International Service pursuant to this Service Guide, as necessary. If initial deposits or advanced payments are required, such deposits or advanced payments shall not exceed two (2) months of Customer’s anticipated monthly Interstate and International Service billing.

 

CREDIT LIMITS

 

The Company may, at any time and at its sole discretion, set a credit limit for any Customer’s consumption of services for any monthly period.

 


PAYMENTS AND BILLING

 

The Customer is responsible for the payment of all charges for Services furnished to the Customer. Charges are based on actual usage and are and billed on a monthly (30 day) basis in arrears. Charges for service are applied on a recurring and nonrecurring basis.  Service continues to be provided until canceled by the Customer with no less than thirty (30) days’ notice.

 

Initial billing for set-up and installation charge or monthly service fees will not commence for any new Customer until the Customer has actually been placed in service.

 

All bills are presumed accurate, and shall be binding on the Customer unless notice of the disputed charge(s) is received by the Company within ninety (90) calendar days of the date of the mailing of the bill, unless otherwise required under Commission rules. For the purposes of this section, "notice'' is defined as written notice to the Company, containing sufficient documentation to investigate the dispute, including the account number under which the bill has been rendered, the date of the bill, and the specific items on the bill being disputed.

 

Billing will be payable upon receipt and deemed past due thirty (30) days after issuance and posting of invoice.  Bills not paid within thirty-one (31) days after the date of posting are subject to a 1.5% late payment charge for the unpaid balance, or the maximum allowable under applicable law.  If the Company becomes concerned at any time about the Customer’s ability to pay for services, the Company may require that the Customer pay their charges within a specified number of days and/or that the Customer make such payments in cash or the equivalent of cash.

 

Customer is responsible for the payment of all charges for facilities and services furnished to the Customer or to authorized or joint users.  Upon nonpayment of any sum due or upon a violation of any of the conditions governing the furnishing of service, Company may discontinue furnishing said service in accordance with the provisions of these Regulations.

 

Customer shall be responsible for the payment of all charges for Service provided under this Service Guide, including unauthorized charges placed from its equipment and which are determined by Company to be within Customer’s control to prevent. Customer shall be responsible for the payment of all excise, sales, use or other similar taxes that may be levied by a governing body or bodies in conjunction with or as a result of the service furnished under this Service Guide.

 

A charge of $20.00 may apply whenever a check or draft presented for payment of service is not accepted by the institution on which it is written.

 

 


PAYMENT AND BILLING, Continued

 

If the Customer’s telecommunications payment history is not acceptable to the Company or if the Customer ‘s telecommunications payment history is unknown or indeterminable, the Customer may be required, at any time, to provide (i) pre-invoice payment based on usage incurred; (ii) a valid major credit card account number from an issuer acceptable to the Company and authorization for the Company to charge usage to the Customer’s credit card account; or (iii) agreement that the Customer’s usage of the Company network and services will be subject to toll usage limits to be determined by the Company. Prior to the Customer’s compliance with this request, the Company reserves the right to cease accepting and processing service orders.  The Company may request subsequent additional pre-invoice payments for usage and may increase or decrease toll usage limits as it deems appropriate.  The Company may refuse to furnish services if any charges owed by the Customer to the Company or any Company affiliate are past due for service(s) provided to the Customer.

 

The Customer must promptly notify the Company of any change in the Customer’s invoicing address or, if applicable, in the credit card or bank account used for payment.  The Customer should notify the Company via Customer Service or U.S. mail.

 

When billing and collection for the Company service is performed on the Company’s behalf by a local telephone company, the security deposit requirements, and late payment provisions set forth in the Customer’s service agreement with its local telephone company and/or in the local tariff of the local telephone company will apply to the Customer’s Company-provided service.  In addition, where a local telephone company purchases the Company’s customer receivables, late payment provisions imposed by the local telephone company will apply to the Customer’s Company-provided service.

 

If the Company hires a collection agency to collect, or attempt to collect, any charges owed the Company, the Customer will be liable to the Company for an additional payment equal to 35 percent of the charges owed where permitted by applicable law.  If the Company incurs any fees or expenses, including attorneys’ fees, in collecting, or attempting to collect, any charges owed the Company other than by hiring a collection agency, the Customer will be liable to the Company for the payment of all such fees and expenses reasonably incurred.

 

In the event that Customer charges to be billed by a local telephone company to the Customer are for any reason rejected and returned to Company by the local telephone company, and subsequently require direct billing by the Company, the Company may assess a Non-Incumbent LEC Billed Customer Billing Surcharge when billing the Customer.

 

 


 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

 

BY PRESUBSCRIBING, SUBSCRIBING, OTHERWISE UTILIZING, OR PAYING, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FOR Business Discount Plan, Inc.’s INTERSTATE AND/OR INTERNATIONAL SERVICES, YOU AGREE THAT ANY DISPUTE BETWEEN YOU AND THE COMPANY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE COMPANY’S SERVICES WILL BE RESOLVED THROUGH BINDING ARBITRATION AS SET FORTH IN BELOW.  YOU AGREE THAT SUCH DISPUTES WILL NOT BE RESOLVED BY A JUDGE OR JURY IN COURT (EXCEPT FOR SMALL CLAIMS COURT, IF APPLICABLE), UNLESS OTHERWISE RULED UNENFORCABLE. YOU FURTHER AGREE THAT ANY DISPUTE YOU MAY HAVE AGAINST COMPANY CANNOT BE JOINED WITH THE DISPUTE OF ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY IN A LAWSUIT, ARBITRATION OR ANY OTHER PROCEEDING, OR RESOLVED ON A CLASS-WIDE BASIS. PROVIDED THAT NOTHING IN THIS SERVICE GUIDE SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO LIMIT OR FORECLOSE A CUSTOMER’S RIGHT TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH ANY GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY HAVING JURISDICTION OVER THE COMPANY OR ITS SERVICES.

 

The Customer may dispute a bill only by written notice to the carrier delivered within ninety (90) days after the statement date, subject to applicable law.  Unless such notice is received in the timely fashion indicated above, the bill statement shall be deemed to be correct and payable in full by the Customer. In the case of a dispute between the Customer and the Company for service furnished to the Customer, which cannot be settled with mutual satisfaction, the Customer may request the Company perform a in-depth review of the disputed amount.  (The undisputed portion and subsequent bills must be paid on a timely basis or the service may be subject to disconnection). If the Customer is unable to resolve any dispute with the Company, then Customer may request information or assistance from the Federal Communications Commission.

 

Any unresolved dispute between the Customer and the Company arising out of or relating to Company’s Services, charges for Services, advertising, change of long distance service to Company, or any other dispute that either the Customer or Company has that is related to the Service, even if the dispute arises after Service has been terminated, must be resolved through binding arbitration as described below. 

 

If the Customer has a dispute regarding the Customer’s service or bill, the Customer must first contact Company Customer Service in writing or via Company’s toll free Customer service number to attempt to resolve the dispute. 

 

Business Discount Plan, Inc.

One World Trade Center, Suite 800

Long Beach CA 90831

Telephone:      800.680.1120

 

Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. 

 

Company shall promptly investigate all disputed charges and shall report its findings and disposition to Customer. Nothing in this Section limits Customer’s rights as provided by applicable regulation or statute to contest charges.


 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION, Continued

 

The Customer is responsible for notifying Company within ninety (90) days of the date of mailing of each bill, of any charges in dispute and the specific basis of such dispute.  Any such dispute must be initiated by the Customer either in writing directly to the Company or by way of a call into the Company’s toll free customer service number.  The failure of Customer to dispute a charge within the dispute period shall be deemed a waiver of any and all rights to dispute the charges of the Company and all such charges shall be deemed valid and binding on the Customer.

 

If the Customer or the Company unable to resolve its dispute within 60 days of notifying the other party of its dispute, either party has the right to take the dispute to small claims court if qualifies under the rules of that court.  Alternatively, either party may request arbitration of the dispute through the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”).  Any dispute arising out of or related to this Service Guide or the Company’s products or services that is not  resolved informally or through small claims court, regardless as to whether the dispute is based in contract, tort, statute, fraud misrepresentation, or any other legal or equitable theory, must be resolved through final and binding arbitration submitted  to the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”).  The arbitration will be conducted pursuant to the AAA Arbitration Rules for the Resolution of Consumer-Related Disputes (“AAA Rules”) as such rules are in effect on the date of commencement of the arbitration, and as such rules are modified by this Service Guide.  Either party may contact AAA in writing at: AAA Central Case Management Center, 13455 Noel Road, Suite 1750, Dallas, TX 75240-6636.  For more information regarding AAA, the Customer may visit the organization’s website at http://www.adr.org.

 

In addition to the procedures described herein for resolving a dispute, the Customer may also have the right to file a complaint with an appropriate federal or state regulatory agency.

 

The arbitration will be based only on the written submissions of the parties and documents submitted to the arbitrator unless, the parties agree or the arbitrator orders otherwise.  Additional charges may apply for such procedures.

 

The arbitration procedures set forth in this Dispute Resolution section are governed by the United States Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §§1-16 et seq.  (“USAA”).  The arbitrator shall have no authority to award punitive, exemplary, or similar damages, or attorney fees.  Judgment on the arbitrator’s award may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.  All post-award proceedings will be governed by the USAA. 

 

Each party must pay its own expenses associated with any arbitration, including attorney


 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION, Continued

 

fees.  Customers who file a request for arbitration will have to pay a filing fee in accordance with the AAA fee schedule.  Unless otherwise provided for in the AAA Rules, all administrative fees and  expenses of an arbitration, including the fees and expenses of the arbitrator, will be divided equally between the Customer and the Company.  Each party will bear the cost of preparing and presenting its own case.

 

Any in-person arbitration proceedings will be held at the location that AAA selects in the state where the Customer is located, unless otherwise mutually agreed upon by the parties.

 

Each dispute will be decided on an individual basis and will not be consolidated in any action with the disputes or claims of other consumers or customers.  The Customer agrees that the Customer may not bring any dispute or claim as a class action or as a private attorney general, and the Customer agrees not to act as a class representative or participate as a member of a class of claimants with respect to any dispute or claim relating to this Agreement or the services provided by the Company.

 

Unless otherwise provided by applicable law, any dispute or claim arising out of or relating to the services provided by the Company must be brought within two (2) years after the date on which the basis for the dispute or claim first arises.

 

If any portion of this Disputed Bills section is determined by a court to be inapplicable or invalid, then the remainder will still be fully effective and enforceable.

 

REMOTE TOLL FRAUD

 

Certain Customers may be eligible to limit their liability for Remote Toll Fraud usage charges by complying with the Company’s Remote Toll Fraud Detect Program rules and regulations.   For specific information on the Company’s Remote Toll Fraud Detect Program, contact the Company’s Customer Service department at 800.680.1120.


 

CANCELLATION OF SERVICE BY CUSTOMER

 

The Company’s Long Distance Services consist of Automatically Bundled  Presubscribed Long Distance interexchange, Subscribed Dial Around Long Distance interexchange, Calling Card Service plans, and Directory Assistance. 

 

To terminate Company’s Long Distance Services, Customers must directly contact the Company and request that all Subscribed and/or Presubscribed Long Distance Services be cancelled, in accordance with the Customer’s intent.    The minimum service period for all services is one month, thirty (30) days.  Customers who cancel service prior to the completion of the minimum service period will be billed all monthly recurring charges.  Terms and conditions of Service are  described beginning on Sheet No. 8.  Specific product descriptions begin on page. 23; Rates and Charges begin on page 27.  In addition to the Company’s tariffed Long Distance Service rates, Customers are responsible for payment of all taxes and surcharges applicable to service provision  The Customer may only cancel service, whether the Customer is presubscribed or has subscribed, to a Company switched access long distance plan, a casual calling plan, or a calling card, by the following means: (1) the Customer must call the Company’s Customer Service Department at 800.680.1120 (2) write the Company’s Customer Service Department at One World Trade Center, Suite 800  Long Beach CA 90831. The Company cannot accept a request for cancellation of service from an agent or representative of a Customer. The Company cannot accept a request for cancellation of service from an agent or representative of a Customer. Cancellation by the Customer of Presubscribed intrastate and interstate long distance services will not automatically result in the cancellation of casual calling, travel card and other Subscribed services.  The Customer must notify the Company of the cancellation of Presubscribed and Subscribed services.

 

The Customer will remain responsible to pay for all monthly fees and charges incurred through the date that the Customer first directly notifies the Company of his or her desire to cancel Presubscribed and Subscribed service(s).  Failure to cancel all services will result in the imposition of monthly fees and charges for the services not cancelled.

 

If a Customer either voluntarily cancels Company’s Long Distance Services or if the Company cancels the Customer's Presubscribed Long Distance Services for any reason set forth in this Service Guide, the Company will have no obligation whatsoever to assist the Customer in any respect in switching from the Company to another carrier or to no PIC if the Customer does not elect to be served by another carrier  The Company will assist new Customers to cancel services provided by the new Customer’s former long distance provider prior to Presubscribing and/or Subscribing to Company’s Long Distance Services, at the new Customer’s request. Any non-recoverable cost of Company expenditures shall be borne by the customer if:

 

1.         The Customer orders service requiring special facilities dedicated to the Customer's use and then cancels the order before such service begins, before completion of the minimum period or before completion of some period mutually agreed with the Customer for the non-recoverable portions of expenditures; or

 

2.         Liabilities are incurred expressly on behalf of the customer by Company and not fully reimbursed by installation and monthly charges; and

 

3.         Based on an order for service and construction has either begun or has been completed, but no service provided.


CANCELLATION OF SERVICE BY COMPANY

 

Cancellation of Service without Notice

 

Company reserves the right to immediately discontinue furnishing Service to Customers, cancel the Customer’s account, and/or block the Customer’s access to the Company network, block traffic to or from specific countries country codes, local telephone exchanges (“NXX exchanges”), individual telephone stations, or calls using certain customer authorization codes without incurring any liability, immediately and without notice:

 

1.         In the event of a condition determined to be hazardous to the Customer, to other customers of the utility, to the utilities equipment, to the public or to employees of the utility; or

 

2.         By reason of any order or decision of a court or any other governmental authority which prohibits the Company from furnishing such service; or

 

3.         In the event that the Customer uses, or attempts to use, service with the intent to avoid the payment, either in whole or in part, of the charges for the service by (i) using or attempting to use service by rearranging, tampering with, or making connections to service in an unauthorized manner; or (ii) using tricks, schemes, false or invalid numbers, false credit devices, or other fraudulent means or device; or

 

4.         For unlawful use of the service or use of the service for unlawful purposes; or

 

5.         In the event that the customer refuses to furnish information or furnishes false information that (i) is essential for billing; or (ii) pertains to the Customer’s credit-worthiness, its status under federal and/or state low income programs, its past or current use of common carrier communications service, or its planned use of such service; or

 

6.         In the event that the Company has received notice from the Customer’s local telephone company that the local telephone company has cancelled the Customer’s local exchange service or switched off the Company's network; or

 

7.         In the event that the Customer’s service usage charges exceed established parameters based on the Customer’s history of usage, which may indicate an unlikelihood of payment or possible fraud; or

 

8.               In the event that the Customer uses the service to transmit or receive a message, locate a person, or otherwise give or obtain information without payment for the service (i.e., signaling); or

 


 

CANCELLATION OF SERVICE BY COMPANY

 

Cancellation of Service without Notice, Continued

 

9.         In the event that the Customer acts, or fails to act, in a manner that hinders or frustrates any investigation by the Company or others having legal authority to investigate the Customer’s legal obligations; or

 

10.       In the event that the Customer’s telephone equipment fails to pass back to the Company the appropriate signal to start and stop billing for a call; or

 

11.       In the event that the Customer was previously provided with notice of breach of contract, took corrective action, but thereafter engages in the same breach activity; or

 

12.       In the event that the Customer subscribes to a Company-issued calling card service and has not used the service (with the exception of calls to Directory Assistance) for 12 months.  In such case, the Company may place a $5.00 limit for Calling Card usage to reduce the risk of fraud or abuse.  If the Customer exceeds the $5.00 limit, Customer will be routed to Company’s Customer Service department for validation of Customer’s identity; or

 

13.       In the event that the Customer has been given written notice by the Company of any past due amount (which remains unpaid in whole or in part) for any of the Company’s or an affiliated carrier’s service to which the Customer either subscribes or had subscribed or used; or

 

14.       In the event that the Customer either refuses to pay when billed for service or indicates to the Company or an entity billing on the Company’s behalf that the Customer does not intend to pay for service used by the Customer.

 

15.       In the event that the Customer has been required to provide (i) pre-invoice payment based on usage incurred; (ii) a valid major credit card account number from an issuer acceptable to the Company and authorization for the Company to charge usage to the Customer’s credit card account; or (iii) agreement that the Customer’s usage of the Company network and services will be subject to toll usage limits to be determined by the Company, and has failed to or indicates a refusal to comply with these requirements. 

 

16.       In the event that the Company deems it necessary to take such action to prevent (1) the unlawful use of service; (2) nonpayment for service; (3) the use of service in violation of this Agreement; or (4) network blockage or the degradation of service furnished to the Customer or other Customers.


 

CANCELLATION OF SERVICE BY COMPANY, Continued

 

Cancellation of Service with Notice

 

Company may discontinue service according to the following conditions upon15 days written notice or as otherwise stated in Company state tariffs or service guides:

 

1.         For violation of Company's filed rules and regulations as outlined in this Service Guide; or

 

2.         For non-payment of any invoice charges that remain outstanding and owed by the Customer after the 21st day from the date of the invoice notifying the Customer of the charges; or

 

3.         For Customer's breach of the contract for service between the Company and Customer, either under the terms of this Service Guide or the terms of any separate agreement entered into between the Customer and the Company; or

 

4.         When necessary for the Company to comply with any order or request of any governmental authority having jurisdiction.

 

Cancellation of Calling Card Service

 

Due to the portable nature of the Company’s calling card codes that are issued to the Company’s customers, the Company reserves the right to block, without notice, any calling card code that the Company deems to have been used, or that might be used, for fraudulent purposes. The Company may also intercept calling card calls for the dual purposes of verifying customer information and fraud avoidance.  The Company will provide subsequent written notification by mail, and/or voice notification, of such blocking or termination.  The Company will unblock as soon as it determines it can do so without undue risk, and it will, upon request by an affected customer, assign new card authorization codes to replace any that were deactivated. 

               

The discontinuance of service(s) by the Company pursuant to this section does not relieve the Customer of any obligations to pay the Company for charges due and owing for service(s) furnished up to the time of discontinuance.  The remedies set forth herein shall not be exclusive and the Company shall at all times be entitled to all the rights available to it under law or equity. Refer to page 4 for additional information regarding Long Distance Service termination.

 

CREDITS

 

If the Customer’s account has been closed but has a credit balance remaining, the Company will transfer the credit to another account of the Customer, if there is one.  If the Customer does not have another account and if the credit balance amount is $15.00 or more, the Company will mail a check for the balance to the Customer.  If the Customer does not have another account and if the credit balance amount is less that $15.00, then the Company will mail a check for the balance to the Customer upon its request, provided the Customer makes its request within 12 months of the closing of the Customer’s account.


 

TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS

 

Unless otherwise specified herein, all stated charges in this Service Guide are computed by the Company exclusive of any assessments, duties, fees, surcharges, taxes, or similar liabilities levied against the Company by governmental, quasi-governmental, or other entities such as federal, state, or local government. Such assessments, duties, fees, surcharges, taxes, or similar liabilities shall be paid by the Customer in addition to the charges stated herein.

 

Pending the conclusion of any litigation challenging a jurisdiction's or body's right to impose any assessments, duties, fees, surcharges, taxes, or similar liabilities, the Company may elect to waive or impose and collect a charge covering such assessments, duties, fees, surcharges, taxes, or similar liabilities, unless otherwise constrained by court order or direction. All such charges will be shown as a separate line item on the Customer's bill. If the Company has collected any assessments, duties, fees, surcharges, taxes, or similar liabilities and any of the challenged assessments, duties, fees, surcharges, taxes, or similar liabilities are found to have been invalid and not enforceable, the Company will credit or refund such sums to each affected Customer if (1) the Company has retained such funds or (2) the Company has remitted such funds to the collecting jurisdiction or body and the funds have been returned to the Company.

 

In order to be granted exemption status, a Customer claiming exempt status must provide the Company with copies of all relevant exemption certificates and documents required by the Company. New Customers are required to provide the requested documentation at the time service is ordered for new Customers. Failure to provide the required documentation at the time service is ordered will result in all assessments, duties, fees, surcharges, taxes, or similar liabilities being levied by the Company on the Customer's service. The Customer will be responsible for the payment of all such charges.

 

At the Company's option, the Company may accord the Customer exempt status upon receipt of the required documentation after service is ordered. However, the Customer will be billed for all applicable assessments, duties, fees, surcharges, taxes, or similar liabilities as described in this Service Guide. The Customer is responsible for the payment of same until such time as the Company has ceased billing the applicable assessments, duties, fees, surcharges, taxes, or similar liabilities. Failure to pay the appropriate assessments, duties, fees, surcharges, taxes, or similar liabilities prior to exempt status being accorded by the Company will result in termination of service.

 

If incumbent local exchange carrier billing is elected, applicable assessments, duties, fees, surcharges, taxes, or similar liabilities will be assessed by the billing entity.                         

 

 


 

PROMOTIONS/BONUS OFFERS

 

Promotions and/or bonus offers may be communicated to the Customer orally or in writing at the Company’s discretion.  For all promotions or bonus offers, a Customer’s eligibility is limited as follows:

 

1.  Only one bonus program or promotion at any one time will be associated with any account or customer;

 

2.  Sign-up bonuses or promotions are available only to new Customers of the Company;

 

3. To receive on-going benefits of a bonus award or promotion, a Customer must be a customer of the Company and in good standing at the time such award or promotion is scheduled to be granted; and

 

4.  The Company reserves the right to amend or terminate bonus programs and/or promotions upon appropriate notice to the Customer.

 

5.   Promotional and other credits offered by the Company in the marketing of its services cannot be assigned, but must be used by the entity to which they were offered and that earned them in strict accordance with the terms of the offer.   

 

6.   In the event that the Customer has been awarded a promotional credit for subscribing to the Company service and does not use the service within 12 months following the date of the Customer’s service order, the Company reserves the right to cancel the credit from the Customer’s account and collect the sum involved from the Customer.

 

UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS

 

The Customer will be responsible for payment of applicable Universal Service Fund (“USF”) surcharges, as set forth by the Commission, and to assessments for local number portability database administration, North American Numbering Plan Administration, and Telecommunications Relay Service Fund surcharges, where such surcharges may be applied to Customer bills.

 


 

GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORIZATIONS

 

The provision of Company’s services is subject to and contingent upon the Company obtaining and retaining such approvals, consents, governmental authorizations, licenses and permits, as may be required or be deemed necessary by the Company.  The Company shall use reasonable efforts to obtain and keep in effect all such approvals, consents, authorizations, licenses and permits that may be required to be obtained by it.  The Company shall be entitled to take, and shall have no liability whatsoever for, any action necessary to bring the services into conformance with any rules, regulations, orders, decisions, or directives imposed by the Federal Communications Commission or other applicable agency, and the Customer shall fully cooperate in and take such action as may be requested by the Company to comply with any such rules, regulations, orders, decision, or directives.

 

FULL FORCE AND EFFECT

 

Should any provision or portion of this Service Guide be held by a court or administrative agency of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions of this Service Guide will remain in full force and effect.


DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE

 

TIMING OF CALLS

 

The Subscriber's Long Distance usage charge is based on the actual usage of Company's Long Distance Service.  Usage begins when the receiver of the called number is answered.  The moment of the called party's answer is determined by hardware supervision in which the local telephone company sends a signal to the underlying carrier's switch or the software utilizing audio tone detection. The timing of the call occurs when called party answers and terminates when either party hangs up.

 

The minimum call duration for billing purposes differs between rate plans.

Usage is measured and rounded up to the next billing increment.

 

Where charges results in fractions of cents, charges will be rounded up to the next whole cent

 

There is no billing for incomplete calls.

 


 

DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Company provides switched access Interexchange and International Long Distance Services, which allow Customers to establish a communications path between two stations by using uniform dialing plans their direct transmission and reception of voice, data, and other types of communications.  Services may be either Presubscribed or Subscribed.  The minimum service period for all services is one (1) month (30 days).  Quoted rates excludes calling cards, taxes, fees, surcharges, installation charges, universal service charges and other charges including a monthly Carrier Cost Recovery Fee.

 

Commercial Long Distance Service - is a switched access service, offering commercial users outbound interLATA “1 plus” interstate and international long distance telecommunications services from points originating and terminating within the U.S. or originating in the U.S. and terminating in points outside the U.S.

 

Residential Long Distance Service is provided to Customers who have elected the Company’s interstate Message Telecommunications Services.  Presubscribed Service is Automatically Bundled with the Company’s corresponding Subscribed Services as set forth in this Service Guide. Plans are offered only in locations where billing and technical resources are available.  Customers should contact Company’s Customer Service Department at 800.680.1120 to determine eligibility. Customers who are 1) no longer, or have not been Presubscribed to a Residential Long Distance Service Calling Plan; or 2) no longer Presubscribed to a Residential Long Distance Service Calling Plan and/or cancelled their Travel Card Service, will continue to be Subscribed to the corresponding Residential Subscribed Services. Unless stated otherwise, calls are billed in sixty second increments and carry an initial sixty second duration.  Calls are rounded to up to the next sixty second increment.

 

Company’s Unlimited Saver plans are available exclusively to residential Customers for non-business use.  Unlimited Saver plans cannot be used for long distance or local toll access to the Internet, or for business purposes including, but not limited to, telemarketing, auto-dialing, or commercial or broadcast facsimile (FAX). If a plan is used for unauthorized purposes, or if qualifying Services are removed from the account, the Company may immediately suspend, restrict or cancel the Customer's Service as a violation of this Service Guide, as set forth in termination of service provisions.  

 

Residential Casual Calling Service is a switched service permitting Customers access to casual calling via the Company’s Carrier Identification Codes (CIC), 1010-444 or 1010-432, assigned to Customer at the time of Subscription. Customers must register all applicable telephone numbers with the Company to Subscribe to this service. The minimum service period for all services is one (1) month (30 days). Residential Casual Calling Service is Automatically Bundled with each corresponding Residential Long Distance Service and Residential Calling Card Service.

 


 

DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES, Continued

 

Residential Calling Card Service permits residential Customers to charge a principal location for interLATA and intraLATA long distance calls placed while the caller is away from the principal location.  The Customer may place calls from any dual tone multi-frequency phone in the United States by dialing a toll free number and entering a personal identification code, followed by the desired telephone number.  Calling Card calls appear on the Customer’s monthly long-distance bill.  The minimum service period is one (1) month (30 days). Residential Calling Card Service is Automatically Bundled with the corresponding Residential Long Distance Service and Residential Casual Calling Service.

 

Directory Assistance enables Customers to obtain commercial and residential telephone numbers by name for any commercial enterprise or individual whose name appears in a directory assistance database and who has not otherwise requested that the assigned telephone number be unlisted. Directory Assistance may be accessed by dialing the area code (“NPA”) of the requested number and “555-1212,” e.g. NPA-555-1212, after dialing Company’s Carrier Identification Code, 1010-444 or 1010-432, depending on the underlying carrier network designated at the time the Customer selects Company’s Service as designated by the Company. Charges associated with connecting Subscribers to requested numbers are not waived.


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Commercial Long Distance Service                                                

 

1.         Commercial Rate Plan I                                                                   

 

This plan is offered to Customers with call volumes of less than $200.00 per month and provides for an eighteen (18) second minimum call duration and six (6) second additional billing increments.

 

DAY

EVENING

NIGHT

 

 

Initial

18 Sec.

Add'l

6 Sec.

Initial

18 Sec.

Add'l

6 Sec.

Initial

18 Sec.

Add'l

6 Sec.

 

$0.121

$0.040

$0.108

$0.036

$0.108

$0.036

 

Network Access Charge:                                                                                        $3.78

Cost Recovery Charge                                                                                           $1.44

 

2.         Commercial Rate Plan II                                                                             

 

This plan is offered to Customers with call volumes of more than $200.00 per month and provides for an eighteen (18) second minimum call duration and six (6) second additional billing increments.

 

DAY

EVENING

NIGHT

 

 

Initial

18 Sec.

Add'l

6 Sec.

Initial

18 Sec.

Add'l

6 Sec.

Initial

18 Sec.

Add'l

6 Sec.

 

$0.100

$0.033

$0.090

$0.030

$0.090

$0.030

 

Network Access Charge:                                                                                        $3.78

Cost Recovery Charge                                                                                           $1.44

 

3.         Commercial Rate Plan III                                                                            

 

This plan is offered to Customers with call volumes of less than $200.00 per month and provides for one (1) minute billing increments.

 

DAY

EVENING

NIGHT

 

 

Initial

Minute

Add'l

Minute

Initial

Minute

Add'l

Minute

Initial

Minute

Add'l

Minute

 

$0.404

$0.404

$0.363

$0.363

$0.363

$0.363

 

Network Access Charge:                                                                                        $3.78

Cost Recovery Charge                                                                                           $1.44


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Commercial Long Distance Service

 

4.         Commercial Rate Plan IV                                                                            

 

This plan is offered to Customers with call volumes of more than $200.00 per month and provides for one (1) minute billing increments.

 

DAY

EVENING

NIGHT

 

 

Initial

Minute

Add'l

Minute

Initial

Minute

Add'l

Minute

Initial

Minute

Add'l

Minute

 

$0.333

$0.333

$0.299

$0.299

$0.299

$0.299

 

Network Access Charge:                                                                                        $3.78

Cost Recovery Charge                                                                                           $1.44

 

5.         Commercial Rate Plan V                                                                             

 

This plan is offered to Customers with call volumes of less than $200.00 per month and provides for thirty (30) second billing increments.

 

DAY

EVENING

NIGHT

 

 

Initial

30 Sec.

Add'l

30 Sec.

Initial

30 Sec.

Add'l

30 Sec.

Initial

30 Sec.

Add'l

30 Sec.

 

$0.202

$0.202

$0.181

$0.181

$0.181

$0.181

 

Network Access Charge:                                                                                        $3.78

Cost Recovery Charge                                                                                           $1.44

 

6.         Commercial Rate Plan VI                                                                            

 

This plan is offered to Customers with call volumes of more than $200.00 per month and provides for thirty (30) second billing increments.

 

DAY

EVENING

NIGHT

 

 

Initial

30 Sec.

Add'l

30 Sec.

Initial

30 Sec.

Add'l

30 Sec.

Initial

30 Sec.

Add'l

30 Sec.

 

$0.167

$0.167

$0.150

$0.150

$0.150

$0.150

 

Network Access Charge:                                                                                        $3.78

Cost Recovery Charge                                                                                           $1.44


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Long Distance Service

 

1.         10 Minute Chat Value Plan                                                                          

 

10 Minute Chat Value Plan Customers receive 10 minutes of intrastate interLATA and interstate long distance calling per month for a flat fee and discounted intrastate per minute rate beginning with the 11th minute of calling each month.  Minutes are not carried forward. Company’s 10 Minute Chat Value Casual Calling Plan and Calling Card 10EP Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan.  Customers who cancel Service prior to the end of a month will be billed for all monthly recurring fees and charges.  Company’s 10 Minute Chat Value Plan is offered only to Customers who have previously Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate long distance service and have cancelled that service.

 

Network Access Charge:

10 minutes of intrastate interLATA

and interstate long distance calling, per month                                               $1.65

Per minute rate after 10 minutes, per interstate minute                                        $0.07

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $1.44

 


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Long Distance Service

 

2.         30 Minute Chat Value Plan                                                                          

 

30 Minute Chat Value Plan Customers receive 30 minutes of intrastate interLATA and interstate long distance calling per month for a flat fee and discounted intrastate per minute rate beginning with the 31st minute of calling each month.  Minutes are not carried forward.  Company’s 30 Minute Chat Value Casual Calling Plan and Calling Card 30EP Plan are automatically included with this Plan.  Customers may also place up to five Directory Assistance calls at no additional charge, by dialing the area code (“NPA”) of the requested number and “555-1212,” e.g. NPA-555-1212. Unused Directory Assistance calls during the month do not transfer to the following month.  Customers who cancel Service prior to the end of a month will be billed for all monthly recurring fees and charges. 

 

Network Access Charge:

30 minutes of intrastate interLATA

and interstate long distance calling per month                                                $2.95

Per minute rate after 30 minutes, per interstate minute                                        $0.05

Directory Assistance calls, first five calls per month                                           N/C

Directory Assistance calls, beginning with the 6th call, per call, per month       $0.55

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $1.44

 


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Long Distance Service

 

3.         10 Minute Chat Value Plus Plan

 

10 Minute Chat Value Plus Plan Customers receive 10 minutes of intrastate interLATA and interstate long distance calling per month for a flat fee and discounted intrastate per minute rate beginning with the 11th minute of calling each month.  Minutes are not carried forward. Company’s 10 Minute Chat Value Plus Casual Calling Plan and Calling Card 10EP Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan.  Customers who cancel Service prior to the end of a month will be billed for all monthly recurring fees and charges.  10 Minute Chat Value Plus Plan Customers also qualify for Company’s IMTS Basic Plan, Canada Plan, Latin America Plan, or Asia-Pacific international calling plans.   Company’s 10 Minute Chat Value Plus Plan is offered only to Customers who have previously Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate long distance service and have cancelled that service.

 

Network Access Charge:

10 minutes of intrastate interLATA                                                                   

and interstate long distance calling, per month                                               $1.95

Per minute rate after 10 minutes                                                                           $0.12

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $1.44

 


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Long Distance Service

 

4.         10 Minute Total Chat Value Plus Plan

 

10 Minute Total Chat Value Plus Plan Customers receive 10 minutes of intrastate interLATA, intraLATA, and interstate long distance calling per month for a flat fee and discounted intrastate per minute rate beginning with the 11th minute of calling each month.  Minutes are not carried forward. Company’s 10 Minute Total Chat Value Plus Casual Calling Plan and Calling Card 10VP Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan.  10 Minute Total Chat Value Plus Plan Customers are eligible to subscribe to the Company’s IMTS Basic Plan, Canada Plan, Latin America Plan, or Asia-Pacific international calling plans.  Customers who cancel service prior to the end of a month will be billed the full monthly recurring charge.    

 

Network Access Charge:

10 Minutes of intrastate interLATA, intraLATA

and Interstate long distance calling, per month                                               $3.65

Per minute rate after 10 minutes, per interstate minute                                        $0.07

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $3.39

 


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Long Distance Service

 

5.         30 Minute Total Chat Value Plus Plan                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

30 Minute Total Chat Value Plus Plan Customers receive 30 minutes of intrastate interLATA, intraLATA, and interstate long distance calling per month for a flat fee and discounted intrastate per minute rate beginning with the 31st minute of calling each month.  Minutes are not carried forward.  Company’s 30 Minute Total Chat Value Plus Casual Calling Plan and Calling Card 30VP Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan.  Customers may also place up to five Directory Assistance calls at no additional charge, by dialing the area code (“NPA”) of the requested number and “555-1212,” e.g. NPA-555-1212. Unused Directory Assistance calls during the month do not transfer to the following month. Customers are eligible to subscribe to the Company’s IMTS Basic Plan, Canada Plan, Latin America Plan, or Asia-Pacific international calling plans. Customers who cancel service prior to the end of a month will be billed the full monthly recurring charge. 

 

Network Access Charge:

30 Minutes of intrastate interLATA, intraLATA

and interstate long distance calling per month                                          $4.95

Directory Assistance calls, first five calls per month                                             N/C

Directory Assistance calls, beginning with the 6th call, per call, per month       $0.55

Per minute rate after 30 minutes, per interstate minute                                        $0.05

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $3.39

Monthly Bill Statement Fee                                                                                   $1.98

 

 


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Long Distance Service

 

6.         30 Minute Chat Value Connect Plan                                                                             

 

30 Minute Value Connect Choice Plan Customers receive 30 minutes of intrastate interLATA and interstate long distance calling per month for a flat fee and discounted intrastate per minute rate beginning with the 31st minute of calling each month.  Minutes are not carried forward.  Company’s 30 Minute Chat Value Connect Choice Casual Calling Plan and Calling Card 30VP Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan.  Customers may also place up to five Directory Assistance calls at no additional charge, by dialing the area code (“NPA”) of the requested number and “555-1212,” e.g. NPA-555-1212. Unused Directory Assistance calls during the month do not transfer to the following month. Customers are eligible to subscribe to the Company’s IMTS Basic Plan, Canada Plan, Latin America Plan, or Asia-Pacific international calling plans.  Customers who cancel service prior to the end of a month will be billed for all monthly recurring fees and charges. 

 

Network Access Charge:

30 minutes of intrastate interLATA

and interstate long distance calling per month                                                $4.95

Per minute rate after 30 minutes                                                                           $0.05

Directory Assistance calls, first five calls per month                                            N/C

Directory Assistance calls, beginning with the 6th call, per call, per month       $0.55

Cost Recovery Charge, per line per month                                                            $3.39

Monthly Bill Statement Fee                                                                                   $1.98


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Long Distance Service

 

7.         Unlimited Saver Elite 600 Calling Plan

 

Company’s Unlimited Saver Elite 600 Calling Plan is available to current Company Customers who utilize 400 or less in combined intrastate and interstate minutes of calling each month. To qualify for the intrastate Unlimited Saver Elite 600 Calling Plan, Customers must Presubscribe to the Company’s interstate Unlimited Saver 600 Connect Plans.

 

Customers receive an unlimited amount of calling time up to 600 minutes of intrastate interLATA and interstate calling under a single monthly recurring charge, and discounted intrastate per minute rate beginning with the 601st minute of calling each month. The monthly 600 minute Unlimited Saver Elite 600 Calling Plan usage allocation applies exclusively to each calendar month.  Unused minutes are non-transferable, non-refundable, and may not be transferred to the following month.  Company’s Unlimited Saver Elite 600 Casual Calling Plan and Calling Card Unlimited Saver Elite 600 Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan. Customers are eligible to subscribe to the Company’s IMTS Basic Plan, Canada Plan, Latin America Plan, or Asia-Pacific international calling plans.

 

Network Access Charge,

600 minutes of intrastate interLATA

and interstate long distance calling per month                                              $21.95

Per minute rate after 600 minutes                                                                         $0.03

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $1.44


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Long Distance Service

 

8.         Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Calling Plan

 

Company’s Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Calling Plan is available to current Company Customers who utilize 250 or less in combined intrastate and interstate minutes of calling each month.  To qualify for the intrastate Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Calling Plan, Customers must Presubscribe to o the Company’s interstate Unlimited Saver 300 Connect Plans.

 

Customers receive an unlimited amount of calling time up to 300 minutes of intrastate interLATA and interstate calling under a single monthly recurring charge, and discounted intrastate per minute rate beginning with the 301st minute of calling each month. The monthly 300 minute Unlimited Silver 300 Calling Plan usage allocation applies exclusively to each calendar month.  Unused minutes are non-transferable, non-refundable, and may not be transferred to the following month.  Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Calling Plan Customers may also place up to six Directory Assistance calls at no additional charge, by dialing the area code (“NPA”) of the requested number and “555-1212,” e.g. NPA-555-1212.    Unused Directory Assistance calls during the month do not transfer to the following month.  Company’s Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Casual Calling Plan and Calling Card Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan. Customers are eligible to subscribe to the Company’s IMTS Basic Plan, Canada Plan, Latin America Plan, or Asia-Pacific international calling plans.

 

Network Access Charge,

300 minutes of intrastate interLATA

and interstate long distance calling per month                                        $15.95

Per minute rate after 300 minutes                                                                          $0.04

Directory Assistance calls, first six calls per month                                              N/C

Directory Assistance calls, beginning with the 7th call, per call, per month       $0.55

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $1.44


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Long Distance Service

 

9.         Unlimited Calling Plan

 

Company’s Unlimited Calling Plan is available to former Company Customers or Customers who have indicated their intent to discontinue Company’s service.  Company’s Unlimited Calling Plan cannot be used for long distance or local toll access to the Internet or for business purposes such as telemarketing, auto-dialing, or commercial or broadcast facsimile (FAX) where any of these calls would be long distance or local toll calls. If this plan is used for unauthorized purposes, the Company may immediately suspend, restrict or cancel the Customer's Service. To qualify for the intrastate Unlimited Calling Plan, Customers must Presubscribe to the Company’s interstate Unlimited Calling Plans.

 

Customers receive an unlimited amount of intrastate interLATA and interstate calling under a single monthly recurring charge. Company’s Unlimited Casual Calling Plan and Unlimited Calling Card Premier Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan.  Customers who cancel Service prior to the end of a month will be billed for all monthly recurring fees and charges.  Company’s Unlimited Calling Plan and Calling Card Unlimited Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan.

 

Network Access Charge:

Unlimited intrastate interLATA

and interstate long distance calling per month                                          $9.95

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $1.44

 
DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Casual Calling Long Distance Service

 

1.         10 Minute Chat Value Casual Calling Plan

 

10 Minute Chat Value Casual Calling Plan Customers receive 10 minutes of intrastate interLATA and interstate long distance casual calling per month for a flat fee and discounted intrastate per minute rate beginning with the 11th minute of calling each month.  Minutes are not carried forward.  The Customer must contact the Company to register all applicable telephone numbers.  The minimum service period is one (1) month (30 days). To access the Company’s casual calling Service, the Customer must dial the Company’s Carrier Identification Code 1010-444 or 1010-432. Company’s 10 Minute Chat Value Plan and Basic Residential Calling Card 10EP Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan. Customers who cancel Service prior to the end of a month will be billed for all monthly recurring fees and charges.

 

Network Access Charge:

            10 minutes of intrastate interLATA

            and interstate long distance calling per month                                          $1.65

Per minute rate after 10 minutes                                                                           $0.12

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $1.44

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charges set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate and interstate Long Distance Services.


.

 

DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Casual Calling Long Distance Service

 

2.         30 Minute Chat Value Casual Calling Plan

 

30 Minute Chat Value Casual Calling Plan Customers receive 30 minutes of intrastate interLATA and interstate long distance casual calling per month for a flat fee and discounted intrastate per minute rate beginning with the 31st minute of calling each month.  Minutes are not carried forward.  Customer must contact the Company to register all applicable telephone numbers.  The minimum service period is one (1) month (30 days).  To access the Company’s casual calling Service, the Customer must dial the Company’s Carrier Identification Code 1010-444 or 1010-432. Company’s 30 Minute Chat Value Plan and Basic Residential Calling Card 30EP Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan. Customers may also place up to five Directory Assistance calls at no additional charge, by dialing the area code (“NPA”) of the requested number and “555-1212,” e.g. NPA-555-1212. Unused Directory Assistance calls during the month do not transfer to the following month.  Customers who cancel Service prior to the end of a month will be billed for all monthly recurring fees and charges. 

 

Network Access Charge:

            30 minutes of intrastate interLATA

            and interstate long distance calling per month                                          $2.95

Per minute rate after 30 minutes                                                                            $0.10

            Directory Assistance calls, first five calls per month                                             N/C

Directory Assistance calls, beginning with the 6th call, per call, per month        $0.55

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $1.44

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charges set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate and interstate Long Distance Services..


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Casual Calling Long Distance Service

 

3.         10 Minute Chat Value Plus Casual Calling Plan

 

10 Minute Chat Value Plus Casual Calling Plan Customers receive 10 minutes of intrastate interLATA and interstate long distance casual calling per month for a flat fee and discounted intrastate per minute rate beginning with the 11th minute of calling each month.  Minutes are not carried forward.  The Customer must contact the Company to register all applicable telephone numbers.  The minimum service period is one (1) month (30 days). To access the Company’s casual calling Service, the Customer must dial the Company’s Carrier Identification Code 1010-444 or 1010-432. Company’s 10 Minute Chat Value Plus Plan and Basic Residential Calling Card 10EP Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan. Customers are eligible to subscribe to the Company’s IMTS Basic Plan, Canada Plan, Latin America Plan, or Asia-Pacific international calling plans. Customers who cancel Service prior to the end of a month will be billed for all monthly recurring fees and charges.

 

Network Access Charge:

            10 minutes of intrastate interLATA

            and interstate long distance calling, per month                                         $1.95

Per minute rate after 10 minutes                                                                           $0.12

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $1.44

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charges set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate and interstate Long Distance Services..

 


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Casual Calling Long Distance Service

 

4.         10 Minute Total Chat Value Casual Calling Plan

 

10 Minute Total Chat Value Casual Calling Plan Customers receive 10 minutes of intrastate interLATA, intraLATA, and interstate long distance casual calling per month for a flat fee, and discounted intrastate per minute rate beginning with the 11th minute of calling each month.  Minutes are not carried forward.  The Customer must contact the Company to register all applicable telephone numbers.  The minimum service period is one (1) month (30 days).  To access the Company’s casual calling Service, the Customer must dial the Company’s Carrier Identification Code 1010-444 or 1010-432. Company’s 10 Minute Total Chat Value Plan and Basic Residential Calling Card 10VP Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan.  Customers are eligible to subscribe to the Company’s IMTS Basic Plan, Canada Plan, Latin America Plan, or Asia-Pacific international calling plans.  Customers who cancel Service prior to the end of a month will be billed for all monthly recurring fees and charges.

 

Network Access Charge:

            10 minutes of intrastate interLATA, intraLATA,

            and interstate long distance calling per month                                          $3.65

Per minute rate after 10 minutes                                                                            $0.12

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $3.39

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charges set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate and interstate Long Distance Services.


 

DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Casual Calling Long Distance Service

 

5.         30 Minute Total Chat Value Casual Calling Plan

 

30 Minute Total Chat Value Casual Calling Plan Customers receive 30 minutes of intrastate interLATA, intraLATA, and interstate long distance casual calling per month for a flat fee, and discounted intrastate per minute rate beginning with the 30th minute of calling each month.  Minutes are not carried forward.  The Customer must contact the Company to register all applicable telephone numbers.  The minimum service period is one (1) month (30 days).  Customers who cancel Service prior to the end of a month will be billed for all monthly recurring fees and charges.  To access the Company’s casual calling Service, the Customer must dial the Company’s Carrier Identification Code 1010-444 or 1010-432. Company’s 30 Minute Total Chat Value Casual Calling Plan and Basic Residential Calling Card 30VP Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan.  Customers may also place up to five Directory Assistance calls at no additional charge, by dialing the area code (“NPA”) of the requested number and “555-1212,” e.g. NPA-555-1212. Unused Directory Assistance calls during the month do not transfer to the following month.  Customers are eligible to subscribe to the Company’s IMTS Basic Plan, Canada Plan, Latin America Plan, or Asia-Pacific international calling plans. Customers who cancel Service prior to the end of a month will be billed for all monthly recurring fees and charges. 

 

Network Access Charge:

            30 minutes of intrastate interLATA and intraLATA,

            and interstate long distance calling per month                                          $4.95

Per minute rate after 30 minutes                                                                            $0.10

Directory Assistance calls, first five calls per month                           N/C

Directory Assistance calls, beginning with the 6th call, per call, per month        $0.55

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $3.39

Monthly Bill Statement Fee                                                                                   $1.98

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charges set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate and interstate Long Distance Services.


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Casual Calling Long Distance Service

 

6.         30 Minute Chat Value Connect Casual Calling Plan

 

30 Minute Chat Value Connect Casual Calling Plan Customers receive 30 minutes of intrastate, interLATA, and interstate long distance casual calling per month for a flat fee, and discounted intrastate per minute rate beginning with the 31st minute of calling each month.  Minutes are not carried forward.  The Customer must contact the Company to register all applicable telephone numbers.  The minimum service period is one (1) month (30 days).  To access the Company’s casual calling Service, the Customer must dial the Company’s Carrier Identification Code 1010-444 or 1010-432. Company’s 30 Minute Chat Value Connect Calling Plan and Calling Card 30VP Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan.  Customers may also place up to five Directory Assistance calls at no additional charge, by dialing the area code (“NPA”) of the requested number and “555-1212,” e.g. NPA-555-1212. Unused Directory Assistance calls during the month do not transfer to the following month.  Customers also qualify for Company’s International Message Telecommunications Service Plus Plans. Customers are eligible to subscribe to the Company’s IMTS Basic Plan, Canada Plan, Latin America Plan, or Asia-Pacific international calling plans. Customers who cancel Service prior to the end of a month will be billed for all monthly recurring fees and charges. 

 

Network Access Charge:

            30 minutes of intrastate interLATA

            and interstate long distance calling per month                                          $4.95

Per minute rate after 30 minutes                                                                           $0.10

Directory Assistance calls, first five calls per month                           N/C

Directory Assistance calls, beginning with the 6th call, per call, per month        $0.55

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $3.39

Monthly Bill Statement Fee                                                                                   $1.98

 

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charges set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate and interstate Long Distance Services.


 

DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Casual Calling Long Distance Service

 

7.         Unlimited Saver Elite 600 Casual Calling Plan

 

            Company’s Unlimited Elite Premier 600 Casual Calling Plan is available to current Company Customers who utilize 400 or less in combined intrastate interLATA and interstate minutes of calling each month. Customers may access the Unlimited Saver Premier 600 Casual Calling Plan via the Company’s Carrier Identification Code, 1010-444 or 1010-432.

 

            Customers receive an unlimited amount of calling time up to 600 minutes of intrastate interLATA and interstate calling under a single monthly recurring charge, and discounted intrastate per minute rate beginning with the 601st minute of calling each month. The monthly 600 minute Unlimited Saver Elite 600 Calling Plan usage allocation applies exclusively to each calendar month.  Unused minutes are non-transferable, non-refundable, and may not be transferred to the following month.  Company’s Unlimited Saver Elite 600 Plan and Calling Card Unlimited Saver Elite 600 are Automatically Bundled with this Plan.  Customers are eligible to subscribe to the Company’s IMTS Basic Plan, Canada Plan, Latin America Plan, or Asia-Pacific international calling plans. Customers who cancel Service prior to the end of a month will be billed for all monthly recurring fees and charges.

 

Network Access Charge:

            600 minutes of intrastate interLATA

            and interstate long distance calling per month                                        $21.95

Per minute rate after 600 minutes                                                                         $0.03

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $1.44

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charges set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate and interstate Long Distance Services.


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Casual Calling Long Distance Service

 

8.         Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Casual Calling Plan

 

Company’s Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Casual Calling Plan is available to current Company Customers who utilize 250 or less in combined intrastate and interstate minutes of calling each month.  To qualify for the intrastate Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Casual Calling Plan, Customers must Subscribe to the Company’s interstate Unlimited Casual Calling Saver Silver 300 Plan. Customers may access the intrastate Unlimited Saver Gold 300 Casual Calling Plan via the Company’s Carrier Identification Code, 1010-444 or 1010-432.

 

Customers receive an unlimited amount of calling time up to 300 minutes of intrastate interLATA and interstate calling under a single monthly recurring charge, and discounted intrastate per minute rate beginning with the 301st minute of calling each month. The monthly 300 minute Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Casual Calling Plan usage allocation applies exclusively to each calendar month.  Unused minutes are non-transferable, non-refundable, and may not be transferred to the following month.  Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Casual Calling Plan Customers may also place up to six Directory Assistance calls at no additional charge, by dialing the area code (“NPA”) of the requested number and “555-1212,” e.g. NPA-555-1212 after dialing Company’s Carrier Identification Code, 1010-444.[1]  Unused Directory Assistance calls during the month do not transfer to the following month.  Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Plan and Calling Card Unlimited Saver Silver 300 are Automatically Bundled with this Plan. Customers are eligible to subscribe to the Company’s IMTS Basic Plan, Canada Plan, Latin America Plan, or Asia-Pacific international calling plans.  Customers who cancel Service prior to the end of a month will be billed for all monthly recurring fees and charges.

 

Network Access Charge:

                        300 minutes of intrastate interLATA

            and interstate long distance calling per month                                        $15.95

Per minute rate after 300 minutes                                                                         $0.04

Directory Assistance calls, first six calls per month                                             $0.00

Directory Assistance calls, beginning with the 7th call, per call, per month        $0.55

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $1.44

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charges set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate and interstate Long Distance Services.


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Casual Calling Long Distance Service

 

9.         Unlimited Casual Calling Plan

 

Company’s Unlimited Casual Calling Plan is available to former Company Customers or Customers who have indicated their intent to discontinue Company’s service.  Company’s Unlimited Calling Plan cannot be used for long distance or local toll access to the Internet or for business purposes such as telemarketing, auto-dialing, or commercial or broadcast facsimile (FAX) where any of these calls would be long distance or local toll calls. If this plan is used for unauthorized purposes, the Company may immediately suspend, restrict or cancel the Customer's Service. Customers may access the Unlimited Casual Calling Casual Calling Plan via the Company’s Carrier Identification Code, 1010-444 or 1010-432.

 

Customers receive an unlimited amount of intrastate interLATA and interstate calling under a single monthly recurring charge. Company’s Unlimited Calling Plan and Unlimited Calling Card Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan.  Customers who cancel Service prior to the end of a month will be billed for all monthly recurring fees and charges.  Unlimited Plan and Calling Card Unlimited Plan are Automatically Bundled with this Plan.  Customers who cancel Service prior to the end of a month will be billed for all monthly recurring fees and charges.

 

Network Access Charge

            Unlimited intrastate interLATA

            and interstate long distance calling per month                                          $9.95

Cost Recovery Charge                                                                                            $1.44

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charge set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s intrastate and interstate Long Distance Services.

 

 

 


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Calling Card Long Distance Service

 

1.         Calling Card Service 10EP Plan                                                                              

                                                                                                                       

10 Minute Chat Value and Value Plus Plan and 10 Minute Chat Value and Value Plus Plan Casual Calling Customers also receive the Company’s Calling Card Service 10EP Plan under the following rates and charges:

 

Rate per minute, all time periods                                                                          $0.12

Network Access Charge                                                                                         $1.65

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $1.44

 

A surcharge is added to Customer bills when calling card calls are place using pay telephones.  The pay telephone surcharge is in addition to the calling card service per call access charge and per minute rate.

 

Pay telephone access charge                                                                                  $0.56

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charges set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate and interstate Long Distance Services.


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Calling Card Long Distance Service

 

2.         Calling Card Service 30EP Plan                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                   

30 Minute Chat Value Plan and 30 Minute Chat Value Plan Casual Calling Plan Customers also receive the Company’s Calling Card Service 30EP Plan under the following rates and charges

 

Rate per minute, all time periods                                                                          $0.12

Network Access Charge                                                                                         $2.95

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $1.44

 

A surcharge is added to Customer bills when calling card calls are place using pay telephones.  The pay telephone surcharge is in addition to the calling card service per call access charge and per minute rate.

 

Pay telephone access charge                                                                          $0.56

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charges set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate and interstate Long Distance Services.


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Calling Card Long Distance Service

 

3.         Calling Card Service 10VP Plan

                                                                                                                       

10 Minute Chat Value Plus and 10 Minute Chat Value Casual Calling Plus Customers also receive the Company’s Calling Card Service 10VP Plan under the following rates and charges:

 

Per minute, all time periods                                                                                   $0.12

Network Access Charge                                                                                         $3.65

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $3.39

 

A surcharge is added to Customer bills when calling card calls are place using pay telephones.  The pay telephone surcharge is in addition to the calling card service per call access charge and per minute rate.

 

Pay telephone access charge                                                                                  $0.56

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charges set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate and interstate Long Distance Services.


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Calling Card Long Distance Service

 

4.         Calling Card Service 30VP Plan                                                                  

 

30 Minute Chat Value Plan or 30 Minute Value Choice Plan and 30 Minute Chat Value Casual Calling Plan or 30 Minute Value Choice Casual Calling Plan Customers also receive the Company’s Calling Card Service 30VP Plan under the following rates and charges:

 

Per minute, all time periods                                                                                   $0.12

Network Access Charge                                                                                         $4.95

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $3.39

Monthly Bill Statement Fee                                                                                $1.98

A surcharge is added to Customer bills when calling card calls are place using pay telephones.  The pay telephone surcharge is in addition to the calling card service per call access charge and per minute rate.

 

Pay telephone access charge                                                                                  $0.56

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charges set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate and interstate Long Distance Services.


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Calling Card Long Distance Service

 

5.         Calling Card Unlimited Saver Elite 600 Plan

 

Unlimited Saver Elite 600 Calling Plan and Unlimited Saver Elite 600 Casual Calling Plan Customers receive the Company’s Calling Card Unlimited Saver Elite 600 Plan under the following rates and charges:

 

Rate per minute, all time periods:                                                                         $0.12

Network Access Charge:                                                                                      $21.95            

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $1.95

 

A surcharge is added to Customer bills when calling card calls are place using pay telephones.  The pay telephone surcharge is in addition to the calling card service per call access charge and per minute rate.

 

Pay telephone access charge                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $0.56

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charges set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate and interstate Long Distance Services.


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Calling Card Long Distance Service

 

6.         Calling Card Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Plan

 

Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Calling Plan Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Casual Calling Customers receive the Company’s Calling Card Unlimited Silver 300 Plan under the following rates and charges:

 

Rate per minute, all time periods:                                                                         $0.12

Network Access Charge:                                                                                      $15.95            

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $1.95

 

A surcharge is added to Customer bills when calling card calls are place using pay telephones.  The pay telephone surcharge is in addition to the calling card service per call access charge and per minute rate.

 

Pay telephone access charge                                                                                  $0.56

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charges set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate and interstate Long Distance Services.


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Calling Card Long Distance Service

 

7.         Unlimited Calling Card Service Plan                                                                       

                                                                                                                    

Unlimited Calling Plan and Unlimited Casual Calling Plan Customers also receive the Company’s Unlimited Calling Card Service Plan under the following rates and charges:

 

Rate per minute, all time periods                                                                          $0.12

Monthly Recurring Charge                                                                                    $9.95

Cost Recovery Charge, per line, per month                                                           $1.44

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charge set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s intrastate and interstate long distance services.

 

Pay telephone access charge                                                                                  $0.56

 

The Network Access Charge and Cost Recovery Charges set forth above are billed only to Customers who are no longer Presubscribed to the Company’s interstate and interstate Long Distance Services.


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Long Distance Service

 

Off-Shore U.S. Calling Card

 

Calls placed to and from Off-Shore United States Locations:         

 

                  Calls placed from:           Calls Placed To:                                Rate Per Minute

           

                  50 U.S. States                   U.S. Virgin Islands,                                    $0.25

                                                            Puerto Rico

 

                  50 U.S. States                   Guam, Northern Mariana Islands               $0.20

                                                           

                  U.S. Virgin Islands,          50 U.S. States                                              $0.25     

                  Puerto Rico, Northern

                  Mariana Islands                 

 

                  U.S. Virgin Islands,          Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands      $0.50

                  Puerto Rico, Northern      U.S Virgin Islands

                  Mariana Islands

 

Directory assistance calls, per inquiry                                                                  $0.80

 

Applicable calling card per minute charges apply to all directory assistance calls that are connected to the requested called party.

 
DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Residential Long Distance Service

 

Off-Shore U.S. Calling Card

 

                  Calls placed from:           Calls Placed To:                                Rate Per Minute

           

                  U.S. Virgin Islands,          Guam                                                              $0.50

                  Puerto Rico

 

                  Guam                                U.S. Virgin Islands,                                        $0.50

                                                            Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands

           

 

                  Off Shore Calling Card Surcharges:

       

                 Pay telephone access charge                                                                     $0.56

 

Calls placed from U.S. will be charged domestic $0.09 per minute rate plus international rate.


DOMESTIC INTERSTATE LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Time Periods

 

 

MON  

TUE

WED

THUR

FRI

SAT

SUN

8:00 AM

  to

4:59 PM

 

Day

 

Day

 

Day

 

Day

 

Day

 

Night

 

 

Night

5:00 PM

  to

10:59 PM

 

Evening

 

Evening

 

Evening

 

Evening

 

Evening

 

Night

 

Evening

11:00 PM

  to

7:59 AM

 

Night

 

Night

 

Night

 

Night

 

Night

 

Night

 

Night

 

Calls are billed at the rate in effect for the actual time period(s) during which the call occurs. Calls that cross rate period boundaries are billed at the rates in effect for each portion of the call.

 

 

 


 INTERNATIONAL LONG DISTANCE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

 

Company provides switched access international Telecommunications Services, which allow Customers to establish a communications path between two stations by using uniform dialing plans.

 

International Telecommunications Service - is a switched access service, offering Customers outbound “1 plus” international Telecommunications Services from points originating in the U.S. and terminating at international points as specified herein. International Telecommunications Services are offered under one of the following plans.

 

International Telecommunications Service Calling Plans.  30 Minute Total Chat Value Plan, 30 Minute Chat Value Select Plan, 30 Minute Chat Value Select Casual Calling Plan, Unlimited Saver Elite 600 Calling Plan, Unlimited Saver Elite 600 Casual Calling Plan, Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Calling Plan, and Unlimited Saver Silver 300 Casual Calling Plan Customers may select from one of four International Calling Plans. Customers who subscribe to the Company’s other domestic Interstate Telecommunications Service plans are subject to Company’s IMTS Basic Plan rates when placing international calls.

 

Canada Plan – is designed for Customers who frequently call Canada. Customers receive discounted rates for calls terminating in Canada.

 

Latin America Plan – is designed for Customers who frequently call Latin America. Customers receive discounted rates for calls terminating in Mexico, Central, and South America.

 

Asia-Pacific Plan– is designed for Customers who frequently call Asia and countries located in the Pacific Ocean. Customers receive discounted rates for calls terminating in Asian countries and countries located in the Pacific Ocean.

 

IMTS Basic Plan – is designed for all other Customers.  IMTS Standard Plan rates apply to IMTS Canada Plan, Latin America Plan, and Asia-Pacific Plan calls terminating to locations that are not otherwise subject to IMTS Canada Plan, Latin America Plan, and Asia-Pacific Plan rate discounts.

 

International Calling Card Service – is a calling card service enabling Customers to make calling card calls to and from locations in the United States to international locations, as specified herein. The Customer may place calls from any dual tone multi-frequency phone in the United States by dialing a toll free number and entering a personal identification code, followed by the desired telephone number.  Calling card calls appear on the Customer’s monthly long-distance bill.

 

International Telecommunications Service rates by country appear in the International Rates section, below.

 


INTERNATIONAL CALLING CARD SERVICE

 

International Originating/Terminating Off-Shore United States

 

Rates per minute for calls originating in the international locations above and terminating in Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Northern Mariana Islands are comprised of the rates set forth in Section 1 above plus an additional $0.09 per minute. 

 

International Originating/Terminating in Canada

 

Rates per minute for calls originating in the international locations above and terminating in Canada are comprised of the rates set forth in Section 1 above plus an additional $0.36 per minute. 

 

International Originating/International Terminating

 

Rates per minute for calls originating in the international locations above and terminating in other international locations are comprised of the international originating rates set forth in Section 1 plus the international terminating rates for the location called.

 

International Calling Card Service rates by country appear in the International Rates section, below.


MISCELLANEOUS CHARGES ALL SERVICES

 

Reconnection Fee

 

At the Customer’s request, and upon payment of all outstanding non-disputed amounts owed by Customer to the Company for Service, Company will reconnect Customer whose Service has been disconnected for non-payment.

 

Service Reconnection Fee, per occurrence                                                                             $30.00

 

Federal Universal Service Surcharge – Presubscribed Service Customers [more detailed than intrastate tariff]

 

Presubscribed Telecommunications Service Customers will be assessed a monthly Federal Universal Service Surcharge.  This Surcharge is equal to the Customer's total net interstate retail charges after the application of all other discounts and credits multiplied by the Federal Universal Service Fund contribution factor, as calculated quarterly by the Federal Communications Commission. For Plans that include an allocated number of minutes of usage each month under a single monthly recurring charge, the Surcharge is calculated by determining the Company-wide percentage of combined interstate and international usage each quarter multiplied by the monthly recurring charge and then multiplied by the Federal Universal Service Fund contribution factor, as calculated quarterly by the Federal Communications Commission.

 

The Federal Universal Service Surcharge is neither contributory to, nor eligible to, receive discounts or contributory to meeting minimum monthly usage requirements. A Customer will be exempt from the Federal Universal Service Surcharge if the Customer can demonstrate to the Company's reasonable satisfaction that the Customer is acquiring the Company's Service for resale, or is otherwise exempt from Federal Universal Service Fund. If Customer qualifies for exemption from Federal Universal Service Fund contributions, Customer will be required to submit an exemption certificate in accordance to Universal Service Administrative Company requirements.

 

Federal Universal Service Surcharge – Subscribed Service Customers

 

Subscribed Telecommunications Service Customers will be assessed a monthly Federal Universal Service Surcharge.  This Surcharge is equal to the Customer's total net interstate retail charges after the application of all other discounts and credits multiplied by the Federal Universal Service Fund contribution factor, as calculated quarterly by the Federal Communications Commission.  For Plans that include an allocated number of minutes of usage each month under a single monthly recurring charge, the Surcharge is calculated by determining the Company-wide percentage of combined interstate and international usage each quarter multiplied by the monthly recurring charge and then multiplied by the Federal Universal Service Fund contribution factor, as calculated quarterly by the Federal Communications Commission. 

 

The Federal Universal Service Surcharge is neither contributory to, nor eligible to receive discounts or contributory to meeting minimum monthly usage requirements. A Customer will be exempt from the Federal Universal Service Surcharge if the Customer can demonstrate to the Company's reasonable satisfaction that the Customer is acquiring the Company's Service for resale, or is otherwise exempt from Federal Universal Service Fund. If Customer qualifies for exemption from Federal Universal Service Fund contributions, Customer will be required to submit an exemption certificate in accordance to Universal Service Administrative Company requirements.


MISCELLANEOUS CHARGES ALL SERVICES, Continued

 

Property Tax Surcharge

 

Effective October 1, 2004, a property tax surcharge will be applied to the total interstate and international charges (including usage and non-usage), after applicable discounts and credits.  The property tax surcharge allows the Company to recover a portion of the property tax that it pays to state and local jurisdictions.

 

Property Tax Surcharge                                                                                                       2.3%

 

Cost Recovery Charge

 

Customers will be assessed a monthly Cost Recovery Fee. The Cost Recovery Fee permits the Company to recover the costs associated with interstate access charges, property taxes, and the expenses associated with regulatory proceedings and compliance and are applied each month in which the Customer has interstate or international calling charges.  The fee is applied in full whether or not the Customer’s billing period covers an entire month. The amount of the fee varies by Subscribed or Presubscribed Service in accordance with the Company’s costs.  The Cost Recovery Fee is applied in full whether or not the Customer’s billing period covers an entire month.

 

Returned Check Fee

 

A fee will be assessed on Customers whose check is returned for insufficient funds.

 

Returned Check Charge, per check                                                                                  $20.00

ILEC Statement Fee

Unless the Customer desires direct billing by the Company, Customers may elect to have the convenience of Company billing appearing on the Customer’s incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) invoice.  If customer does not elect to receive incumbent local exchange carrier billing, no ILEC Statement Fee applies.

Monthly ILEC Statement Fee                                                                                            $1.98

Non-Incumbent LEC Billed Customer Billing Surcharge

If Customers who do not elect ILEC Billing or Service billing cannot be consolidated with incumbent local exchange carrier billing, and Customers are billed directly by the Company, a monthly billing surcharge will be assessed.

Billing Surcharge, per customer account, per month                                                        $6.95

 

 



[1] Charges associated with connecting Subscribers to requested numbers are not waived.