Verizon Delaware Customers to Receive Reductions in Some Basic Rates

WILMINGTON, Del. - Beginning July 1, most Verizon residential and business customers in Delaware will pay less for their phone service.

The Delaware Public Service Commission has approved annual reductions in consumer touch-tone rates, credits on consumer and business dial-tone lines, and reductions in carrier access charges totaling nearly $1.3 million.

With these reductions, Verizon customers have saved more than $20 million on their local phone bills since 1995 as a result of Delaware's incentive regulation plan.

"Market-based regulation continues to pay dividends for all Delawareans," said Joshua W. Martin III, president of Verizon Delaware. "Verizon is operating in a more cost-effective manner, which allows us to maintain stable basic rates and even reduce some rates for basic services - although almost everything else that consumers and businesses purchase costs more. In addition, we continue to provide customers with excellent service and a state-of-the-art telecommunications network. Going forward, regulatory flexibility is the key to encouraging long-term investment in Delaware's telecommunications infrastructure, which is the backbone of the state's economy."

    The 2004 Verizon Delaware rate reductions and credits include:

  • One-time credit of $7.74 on each business dial-tone line and an ongoing monthly credit of $1.23 per line

  • One-time credit of 39 cents for each residential phone line and a reduction of 8 cents in monthly residential touch-tone rates, from 22 cents to 14 cents

  • Reduction of access charges paid by long-distance companies to connect to the Verizon Delaware network

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