FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- March 14, 2013
Contact: Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300
PSC Sets Intervention Deadline In Relay Missouri Case
JEFFERSON CITY---The Missouri Public Service Commission has opened a case to review the current surcharge that appears on the monthly telephone bills of Missourians to fund Relay Missouri.
Relay Missouri provides telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hearing-impaired and speech-impaired. Specifically trained communications assistants translate calls so that deaf, hearing-impaired and speech-impaired individuals can communicate with any other party.
Relay Missouri is funded through a monthly, per line surcharge. The current surcharge is $0.11. After reviewing fund expenditures and payments, the Staff of the Missouri Public Service Commission has recommended to the Commission that the surcharge be reduced to $0.08 per month, per access line.
Applications to intervene and participate in this case must be filed no later than March 22, 2013, with the Secretary of the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102. Responses to the PSC Staff recommendation should also be filed with the Commission no later than March 22, 2013.
Individual citizens wishing to comment may contact the Office of the Public Counsel, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-2230, telephone 1-866-922-2959, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or the Public Service Commission Staff, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone 1-800-392-4211, email email@example.com
. The Office of the Public Counsel is a separate state agency which represents the general public in cases before the Public Service 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.