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Telephone Bill Comparison: Arlington, VA in 1994 and 2010

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For discussion of these data, see

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http://purplemotes.net/2010/02/14/service-pricing-semantics-and-ontology/

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telephone bill dated Oct. 7, 1994telephone bill dated Feb. 6, 2010

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Itemized charges listed on bill

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Federal Subscriber Line Charge$3.50Federal Subscriber Line Charge$6.18

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Residential line-main-message/measured Service$8.63Dial Tone Line$6.00

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Touch-tone Service$0.60ELS -- Unlimited Usage -- Flat Service$0.18

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Residence Local Usage Package Unlimited Flat/EAC Rate Svc$11.37

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Sensible Minute$1.99

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911 Tax: Local$0.25E-911 Tax$0.75

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Federal Tax$0.41Federal Excise Tax$0.37

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Virginia Relay Center Surcharge$0.10VA Federal Universal Service Fund Surcharge$0.76

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Local Surcharge$0.11VA Public Rights-of-Way Use Fee$0.89

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VA Cost Recovery Surcharge$0.21

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VA Communications Sales Tax$1.33

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Subtotal Bell-Atlantic Monthly Service Detail$9.23Total Voice Services$19.54

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Total Taxes, Fees & Other Verizon Charges$10.61

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[non-Bell Atlantic phone charges billed through Bell Atlantic]

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MCI: Subtotal Charges$11.93[Verizon non-local voice service charge]

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MCI: State and Local Surcharge$0.05Internet 768/128$21.99

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AT&T: Total Charge for Itemized Calls$24.72

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AT&T: Interstate Tax Surcharge (.54%)$0.13

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AT&T: Federal Tax$0.75

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Calculated Totalspercent increase

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total Bell Atlantic local voice service charges [1]$12.73total Verizon local voice service charges [1]$19.5453%

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total taxes and fees on local voice$0.87est. total taxes and fees on local voice [2]$2.62201%

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total charges associated with local telephone service$13.60total charges associated with local telephone service$22.1663%

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consumer price index for all urban consumers149consumer price index for all urban consumers21645%

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Calculated Totals – Inflation Adjusted to 2010 dollarspercent increase

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total Bell Atlantic local voice service charges$18.40total Verizon local voice service charges$19.546%

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total taxes and fees on local voice$1.26est. total taxes and fees on local voice [2]$2.62108%

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total charges associated with local telephone service$19.66total charges associated with local telephone service$22.1613%

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Notes:

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[1] The “Federal Subscriber Line Charge” collects revenue for the local telephone company and is included in this local voice service charge total. Neither in 1994 nor in 2010 did I get interstate voice service from Bell Atlantic / Verizon.

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[2] VA Federal Universal Service Fund Surcharge, VA Public Rights-of-Way Use Fee, VA Cost Recovery Surcharge, and VA Communications Sales Tax are allocated according to the local voice service charge share in total Verizon service charges.