FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 05, 2017
Contact: Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300
PSC Reduces Relay Missouri Surcharge
The Missouri Public Service Commission has reduced the surcharge that consumers pay to fund Relay Missouri, a statewide dual-party telephone relay service for the deaf, hearing-impaired and speech-impaired. The surcharge appears on the monthly telephone bills of Missouri consumers.
The Relay Missouri fund provides financial support to ensure deaf, hearing-impaired and speech-impaired consumers have reasonable access to telephone service. Relay Missouri is funded through a monthly, per line surcharge. The current surcharge is $0.06. After reviewing fund expenditures and payments, the Staff of the Missouri Public Service Commission recommended to the Commission that the surcharge be reduced to $0.04 per month, per access line.
"The Commission finds that the Staff’s review was properly conducted. Adopting Staff’s recommendation will allow the fund to remain solvent and available for those customers who need it, while reducing the bills of all Missouri landline subscribers," said the Commission.
The Missouri General Assembly established Relay Missouri in 1990. The surcharge level is periodically reviewed by the Commission according to the requirements established by Missouri statutes.