BY JAMES MACEY – I called my phone company about a charge on my phone bill for $3.25 and was told by the customer service representative that the charge was for an Interstate Surcharge authorized by the Hawaii State Public Utilities Commission (PUC) as a temporary charge until the PUC could make a final determination.
1. General Definitions and Regulations
1.34 Intrastate Surcharge
This surcharge is for the purpose of recovering a revenue increase of $23.6 million authorized in Decision and Order No. 15345 in Docket No. 94-0298 and Docket No. 95-0194 (consolidated), and $1.3 million authorized in Order No. 15999 in the same dockets. The $1.3 million recovers the rural Customers’ portion of the cost of the Rural Service Plan.
Effective October 13, 1997, a surcharge of 11.23% will apply to all regulated intrastate rates and charges except interisland toll services, intrastate switched access, public and Convenience Pay Telephone Services, miscellaneous services and other surcharges.
A look at PUC document that was sent to me says the charge is to recover $23.6 million and $1.3 million for a total of $24.9 million. If this charge is temporary and effective since October of 1997 that is 15 temporary years.
The population of Oahu is over 900,000 but if only 100,000 customers were charged $3.25 for 15 years that is around $58.5 million. That is almost double the $24.9 million that was authorized to be recovered.
This needs to be investigated, audited and corrected. There is potentially an overpayment of 10′s of millions of dollars and if there has been an overpayment then the people should be refunded the amount of the overpayment.
There is also the problem of what is this and other charges doing on our utility bills. Is the PUC colluding with utility companies to take extra profits? Is this more government welfare at the citizens expense?
Hawaii costs for electricity rates per Kilowatt Hour are the highest in the nation. This begs the question of all PUC charges on not just phone bills but our electric bills as well.
Come on Governor Abercrombie, do the right thing and fix this.
There was a Jamaican girl on 760AM Monday through Friday 5-6PM that was saying that the Govenor was bypassing the over sight of the PUC and congress to get a direct deal with his friends at Hawaiian Electric so our electric bill would go up
25% and the Govenor and his friends would get rich. Her radio show got cancelled.
This is the same as ex Goldman Sachs CEO ex New Jersey Govenor Jon Corzine taking and losing 1.2 billion dollars from his company's MF Global's client's separate accounts when his 30x's leveraged derivative bet went wrong and not going
This is the same as Obama whose second biggest campaign contributor was Goldman Sachs not sending one Too Big To Fail Banker to prison.
Marxism, Communism, Fascism, are Central Banker Totalitarian State Elite Crony Capitalism.
You are right Jim, I double checked the math – and it is 58.5 million we are talking about, at the low estimate of 100,000 customers….. something stinks here…. 😉
PUC? What PUC they do nothing as all utilities have tripled since I bought my house 7 years ago!!!!!
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