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NEWS RELEASE


02/27/2009 Contact: 850-413-6482

Lifeline Bundled Services Hearing Set for Monday


TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a hearing on Monday, March 2, 2009, to allow parties to present testimony and exhibits regarding the provision of the Florida Lifeline Program discount on bundled service packages.

The Commission will consider whether a company should be allowed to deny the Lifeline program discount for Lifeline-eligible consumers who subscribe to a bundled service package.  Verizon Florida, Sprint-Nextel, and Alltel Communications protested the Commission’s earlier order requiring eligible telecommunications carriers to apply the Lifeline discount to the basic local service rate portion of any bundled service offering, and the matter was set for hearing. 

Under the federal Lifeline program, telephone customers who participate in certain public assistance programs are entitled to receive a basic telephone service discount of at least $13.50 per month. 

The hearing is scheduled for the following time and location:

Monday, March 2, 2009
9:30 a.m.
Betty Easley Conference Center
Joseph P. Cresse Hearing Room (Room 148)
4075 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.



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