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Pqe 6 MALAKOFF NEWS You May Not Realize It Yet, But Your Telephone Rates Increased December 21 By Donna S. Alexander Local telephone sub- scribers may not realize it yet, but their long distance rates increased Dec. 21. The rate hike had nothing to do with the proposed Gulf States Telephone Co.'s requested increase that will be heard by the Public Utilities Commission beginning next week in Austin. The higher rate was imposed when the PUC allowed the Bell Telephone System only one-fifth of its requested rate hike. PUC also required Bell to reduce its residential rates, but allowed the company a $57.8 million annual increase. Where will this revenue come from since the com- pany was forced to reduce residential rates? PUC decreed that Bell could raise its rates on intra-state callas, leasing of PBX systems, installation and other service charges, and sale of colored phones. So how does that affect local telephone subscribers who are served by Gulf States United Telephone Co.? GSU and 92 other companies whose service interconnects with the Bell system will be forced to charge the same tariff for long distance rates within LEGAL NOTICE The City of Malakoff is accepting bids for 750 G.P.M. Pumper Fire Truck. Prospective bidders may obtain copies of the specifi- cations from the City Manager's office, Malakoff City Hall, Malakoff, Texas. Sealed bids will be received until 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 14, 1977, at which time all bids received will be opened. the state that Bell is charging. As a result, Cedar Creek Lake residents who are already complaining about the cost of long distance communication between the lake communities are paying even more for the same service without any significant improvement in the quality of service. But does GSU benefit from the increased price of long distance calls? Not so, ys Jim Batten, public relations executive from Tyler. In its decision, Batten said, PUC made no allowance for reduced toll callings a result of higher costs, so ell and all the other telephone companies linked with Bell with are serving subscribers in Texas may be in for some hard financial times. This is bad news for area subscribers who have been complaining bitterly about the local service because, as Batten points out, if GSU's revenue is reduced, the company will be unable to attract the additional invest- Batten explained that all' ments dollars necessary to long distance revenue from Bell Telephone Co., and the 93 interconnected systems goes into a single settle- ments pool. Eac company receives from that pool its share based on the amount of investments the company has in long distance facilities. But the percentage that each company can claim is based on the rate of return that the Bell Telephone Co. earns. Not the allowed rate, which PUC has set at eight percent, but the achieved rate. In other words even though Bell is allowed by the state regulatory and authority percent profit on its investments, if it only earns six percent, all of the 93 interconnected telephone companies can recover only six percent of their invest- ment in toll facilities from the toll pool. Furthermore Batten says the only way that Bell can achieve the allowed rate of return is if telephone subscribers in the state continue to make as many long distance calls as they have in the past and talk just as long. But, Batten points out, the probability is that won't happen because the increase in long distance rates is apt to curtail subscribers use of toll finance continued expansion and improvements. "If we can't get financing there will be no construction program," Batten said. "Also equipment will deter- iorate and the quality of service will do likewise." Batten also pointed out that without sufficient revenues for maintenance of existing equipment, an unemployment situation could be created. This could affect about 100 jobs in this immediate area. Unemploy- ment could create a recession effect here, he said. The PUC's requirement for lower residential rates further widens the gap TP&L Rate Request Suspended The Public Utility Corn- rate request on March 3. mission of Texas has sus- The various cities in pended for at least 120 days, TP&L's service area, under the effective date of the rate the new Public Utility Re- increase requested by Texas gulatory Act, can also effect JanumT John A. Lott City Manager service. CATALOG SALE AGENCY Open Monday.Saturday 9:00 till Power and Light Company. a 120-day suspension of the linking companies. Batten The rate request was filed effective date, and a large J}[e said Bell has always been December 22, with an ef- number have done so al- 417 SOuth Palestine 675,5664 p k able to charge lower fective date set for January ready. residential rates because the 26. Satisfaction Guaranteed j bulk of the Bell system is in The Commission will con- Sdbe ii . the major metropolitan area vane a public hearing on the - - where there is a largerl're-ATO0  P concentration of telephones. In rural areas, Batten liP.. "rEIt, g{ TEffT.  -/! said, it costs more to provide /4t.$i WOgF, T1t,# :) telephone service because of sparcity of population and t#/O( DiD tM JfELLN'I" 0"0 ) PUTTIMGr )O(M Mq IqF..LD ' CRRPET F/ON TNIE Clffs1T] distances between telephones. Where Bell might have 2,000 telephones in one building in Dallas, /.Oj GSU servces, on the verage, of one telephone customer for each 70 acres, Batten said. ?t50i t)t j Cross Roads Menu -- ,ee  --- - PET MONDAY - Pigs in Blan- ket, New Potatoes, String Beans, Milk and CAKE. TUESDAY - Beef Tacos, Corn, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cheese, Milk and Peach Halfs. WEDNESDAY - Chicken salad, whipped potatoes, Pork & Beans, Milk and Pudding. THURSDAY. Pinto Beans, Macaroni & Cheese, Turnip Greens, Corn Bread, Milk, Fruit Cup. FRIDAY - Hamburgers, Lettuce and Tomatoes, Pick- between the basic rates les, chips, Buns, Milk and charged by Bell and the 93 Ice Cream. mpany l, ASTRO " CB Sales & Service 3IrSHEET METAL SHOP Installation,  Full Line of Accessories, Installation & Tunin ( A Specialty, Mobil & AIR CONDITIONING  BUY, SALE & TRADE v Sales- Service [$ERVEL ]FREE Lstimates(m.0000) If we don't have it we'll get it within 24 hr. B, ..,, ,..,... ,..,,' ..,,.,.,,:,;',_ Day or Night  . SPECIAL Commercial- Residential Mobile Home Air & Heat GAFFERS & SATTIE_.R HEAT & AIR Model 4201 Craig With Super Side Kick s279" (o, Ok1 EMERSON W'mdow Units TV Antenna,s, Channel 7 & Dallas or Anytylm. "The Quite One" 1 Biock,,W. of H. 90 Terry (Bonanl Malakoff 406 H. 31 L Cayuga On Hwy. 85 Gun Barrel .. c  - 499-2282 Open 7 Dap Mon  Jerry tew F [ITIZEN5 STATE BANK I N Tin-) 1 YOU CAN BANK ON US B Malakoff City Council 6 7 7 p.m. City Hall Trinidad School Board R Attend The Church of Your Choice U 13 A Attend the Church of Your Choice Cedar Creek Riding Club R 3 p.m.- Artma y IleAL 7 p.m.- Board Room Henderson County Commissioners Court 10 a.m. County Court House Cross Roads School Board- 7:30 p.m.- CR. School Malakoff Methodist United Methodist Women 2:30 p.m. 14 Caney City Chamber of Commerce 7 p.m. City Hall MalakoH School Board 7 p.m. Sehooi Admini- stration Building 21 Attend the ChtEch of Your Choice Malakoff City Council 7 p.m. City Hall Malakoff Methodist United Methodist Women 2:30 p.m. MEETINGS AND EVENTS 27 28 For Your Convenience Clip And Save Attend the Church of Your Choice TUESDAY  WEDNESDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 Band Club meetings on 2 3- 4 5 first Tuesday of each month-- Bank Hall 7 p.m. Malakoff Library Story 4-H Club 6 p.m. Jr. High Hour- 4 p.m. Cross Road Jaycecs Elementary School Rotary Club- 12 p.m. Rob's Kountry Kitchen Malakoff Chamber of Commerce 7:30 p.m. City Hall 8 Malaltoff Library 9 Hour 2 p.m. Cross Roads Jaycees 7 p.m. Country Barn Trinidad City Council 6 p.m. City Hall Malakoff Jaycses 8 p.m. Elemtary Cafeteria Dad's Club 7:30 p.m. Jr. High Cafeteria Rotary Club- 12 noon Rob's Kountry Kitchen Trinidad Jaycees 7 p.m. 15 Community Center Eastern Star #1012 Cafeteria Lions Club-Lions Den 7 Tool City Council Cub Scouts 8 & 9 p.m. 7:30 p.m.- City Hall Too! City Hall 4:00 to 5:00 10 II 12 Cub Scout Boys 8 & 9 Too! City Hall 4:00 to 5:00 16 17 18 19 Malakoff Library Story Hour 4 p.m. Cross Road Jaycees Elementary School Rotary Club- 12 noon Rob's Kountry Kitchen Tool City Hall 4;00 to 5;00 Lions Club 7 P.M.- Lions Den Malakoff Library Story 22 Hour- 4 p.m. Cross Roads Jaycees 7 p.m. County Barn Trinidad Jaycees 7 p.m. Community Cntr. Rotary Club- 12 noon Rob's Kountry Kitchen Dad's Club 7:30 p.m. Jr. High Caftr. Malakoff Jaycees 8 p.m. Elem. Cafeteria Cedar Creek Womens Club 12 p.m.- Cedw Creek Country Club I 23 24 25 26 Cub Scout Boys 8 & 9 Tool City Hall 4:00 to 5:00