Denise Kovacich, communications specialist, Triangle Communications
Effective July 1, the Fede ral Communi cat i ons Commission has authorized an increase i n the Federal Universal Service Charge line item for all telephone subscribers nationwide, except those participating in the Lifeline assistance program. Beginning with their July statements, residential and single-line business subscribers who have local phone service with Triangle Communications will notice the FUSC increase from $0.73 to $0.74 per month. Multi-line business subscribers will see the charge increase from $1.04 to $1.05 per month starting on the July bill. The FUSC funds the Federal Universal Service Fund, which provides monetary support to rural telephone companies operating in high-cost areas to assist them in maintaining affordable local telephone service. Tr i a n g l e Te l e p h o n e Cooperative and Central Montana Communications, now doing business as Triangle Communications, provide local telephone service to over 18,000 access lines in 39 exchanges located in 15 counties. Triangle is committed to providing members and customers access to advanced, high quality, reliable communications services at competitive prices, while focusing on personal service and customer satisfaction. Triangle provides various telecommuni cat ions s e rvi c e s inc luding l ong di s tanc e, Broadband ADSL, Wireless and WildBlue Internet. Triangle is also dedicated to enhancing quality of life, educational opportunity and economic development in the communities it serves.