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Rate increase for local telephone service

La Jicarita is proud to be your local provider of telephone services. We’ve been serving the Mora and Wagon Mound areas since 1965 with basic telephone service and throughout the years, have continuously brought you state of the art related services. La Jicarita has not raised rates for telephone services for more than 30 years and will continue “working together to stay connected.”

Due to new federal regulations by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), all telecommunication companies must raise rates for residential and business basic local service in order to maintain Universal Service funding. The rate increase will take place in stages over the next two years. As a way to adjust for this increase, La Jicarita will be including the voicemail feature into your phone plan, free of charge! This is a value of $4.95 (residential) and $14.95 (business). Below is more detailed information about these new rates and when they will go into effect.

Effective June 1, 2016, La Jicarita Rural Telephone Cooperative will increase the monthly charge for residential basic local service from $16.20 to $18.00, an increase of $1.80. Business basic local service will increase from $25.78 to $27.58, an increase of $1.80. This rate increase relates to rules adopted by the FCC that requires residential rates to be at a minimum level or La Jicarita will lose funding from the FCC’s Universal Service Fund (USF) program. A primary goal of USF is to keep local service rates in high cost areas affordable and comparable with rates in urban areas. The next increase will become effective June 1, 2017.

As of June 1, 2016 new rates are:

Residential basic local service $18.00
Business basic local service $27.58

Please contact us if you have questions about this rate increase. Thank you for being a loyal La Jicarita customer—we truly appreciate your business!

Learn more about the Universal Service Fund