Message Express Long Distance

SERVICES AND CHARGES GUIDE*

APPLICABLE TO

TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE

FURNISHED BY

MESSAGE EXPRESS LONG DISTANCE

BETWEEN AND AMONG DOMESTIC POINTS WITHIN THE UNITED STATES

 

*The Prices, Charges and Terms included in this Service and Charges Guide are incorporated by reference in the Message Express Long Distance Service Agreement for Intrastate and Interstate Interexchange Telecommunications Services.

Date: July 31, 2001

Message Express
123 West Orchard, Box 127
Delton, Michigan 49046-0127
269-623-3211


TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.0  Application

2.0  Definitions

3.0  General Terms and Conditions
  3.1  Undertaking of the Company
  3.2  Use of Service
  3.3  Obligations of the Company
  3.4  Obligations of the Customer
  3.5  Payment Regulations
  3.6  Credit Allowance
  3.7  Equipment
  3.8  Cancellation of Service
  3.9  Determination and Rendering Charges
  3.10  Timing of Calls
  3.11  Special Services
  3.12  Fractional Charges
  
4.0  Service Descriptions
  4.1  Message Telecommunications Service
  4.2  Reserved For Future Use
  4.3  Inbound Service
  4.4  Other Service Arrangements
  4.5  Supplemental Services
  4.6  Promotional Offerings
  4.7  Public Payphone Surcharge
  
5.0  Service Charges
  5.1  Message Express Long Distance Rates
  5.2  Directory Assistance
  5.3  Inbound Service
  5.4  Feature Charges
  5.5  Supplemental Services
  5.6  Public Payphone Surcharge

  1. APPLICATION OF TERMS AND RATES

    1.1  The prices, charges, terms and condition included herein applies to Interstate Telecommunications Service for communications initiated from locations between and among domestic points in the United States furnished by Message Express Long Distance, hereinafter referred to as the “Company,” with its principle address at 123 West Orchard, Delton, Michigan 49046, for the provision of Service is furnished subject to the availability of facilities and subject to transmission, atmospheric and like conditions by wire, cable, radio and/or a combination thereof.

    1.2  From time to time, the Company may offer special promotional offerings allowing special discounts or modifications of its regular service offerings to its Customers. Such offerings may be limited to certain dates, times, and locations.

    1.3  In the event, the Company increases a rate(s), the Company will provide its Customers with notice of such filing prior to its effective date.

    1.4  When services and facilities are provided in part by the Company and in part by other companies, the regulations of the Company apply to that portion of the service or facilities, which it supplies.

  2. DEFINITIONS

    The following definitions apply for certain terms used generally throughout this:

    Access line: A communication channel, which is used for access to a Company service point.

    Access line group: An access line or a number of access lines from a single Customer or authorized user location which have the same termination characteristics and which are arranged in a hunting sequence.

    Accounting code: A multi-digit code, which enables a Customer to allocate long distance charges to internal accounts.

    Additional minute: The rate element used to bill for the chargeable time when a call continues beyond the initial minute.

    Answer supervision: An electrical signal fed back up the line by the local telephone company at the distant end of a long distance call to indicate positively the call has been answered by the called phone.

    Application for service: A standard order form which includes all pertinent billing, technical, and other descriptive information which will enable the carrier to provide the communication service as required.

    Authorization code: A multi-digit code which enables a Customer to access the Company’s network and enables the Company to identify the use of proper billing.

    Authorized user: A person, firm, corporation, or other legal entity, which is authorized by the Customer to be connected to the service of the Customer. An authorized user(s) must be named in the application for service.

    Automatic numbering identification (ANI): A type of signaling provided by a local exchange telephone Company which automatically identifies the local exchange line from which a call originates.

    Billed party: The person or entity responsible for payment of the Company’s service as follows:

    For a Direct Dial Call:

    Direct dial calls are billed to the originating line number, or the party assigned the Company’s authorization code used to complete the call.

    Billing period: The interval between Customer invoice to Customer invoice, which shall consist of approximately 30 days.

    Business service: The phrase “Business Service” means telecommunications service provided to the Customer for use primarily or substantially for a business, professional, institutional or other occupational purpose.

    Calling card call: A call for which charges are billed, not to the originating telephone number, but to a telephone calling card issued by a local exchange or long distance telephone company for this purpose.

    Cancellation of order: A Customer initiated request to discontinue processing a service order, either in part or in its entirety, prior to its completion.

    Channel: The path for electrical transmission between two or more points.

    Collect call: A billing arrangement, which bills the charge for a long distance call to the called station’s telephone number. The presubscribed Customer, whether or not they are the person agreeing to accept the call, shall be responsible for all charges related to the call.

    Company: Message Express Long Distance

    Connecting carrier: A telecommunications company, which may be either an interexchange or a local exchange carrier, that supplies the Company with facilities to originate or terminate the Company’s long distance services.

    Customer: The Customer is the person, firm, corporation or other legal entity which: orders, cancels or amends service; is responsible for the payment of charges; and is responsible for compliance with all the Company’s prices, charges, terms and conditions.

    Customer dialed calling card call: A Calling Card Call, which does not require intervention by an attended operator position to complete.

    Customer-provided facilities: All facilities, including those obtained from other communications common carriers, provided by the Customer and/or authorized user, other than those provided by the Company.

    Direct Inward System Access (DISA): This feature of a PBX or telephone system allows the outside caller to dial directly into the telephone system and access the system’s features. A Customer would typically use this feature for making long distance calls away from the office using their less expensive business long distance lines.

    Dedicated access service: The generic term for a service in which the Customer’s traffic passes over an access line connecting the Customer’s premise to a Company switch, which is used solely for that Customer’s traffic.

    Designated service date: Denotes the Customer specified installation date requested at the time the order for service is initiated. If the Company finds it cannot provide service by that date, the designated service date becomes that date specified by the Company on which the installation of service can be performed.

    Designated service point: The Customer designated point of termination of a local distribution channel. The designated service point may be a Customer or authorized user premise or a Local Exchange Company central office or Centrex station.

    Disconnection: The disconnection of a circuit, dedicated access line or port connection being used for existing service.

    Domestic interstate message telecommunications service: The furnishing of direct dial domestic interstate switched network services to the Customer for the Completion of long distance voice and dial up low speed data transmissions over voice grade channel between and among points within the United States.

    End user: An individual or entity responsible for the payment of calls placed using the Company’s Services.

    Equal access office: A switch operated by the Company equipped with the hardware and software required to allow the customers to presubscribe to the interexchange carrier of their choice.

    Equal access code: An access code that allows the Customer to obtain an equal access connection to the carrier associated with that code.

    Excessive Call Attempt: An attempt to make a call over the Company’s network using an invalid authorization code during a measured 15 minute period within which 10 or more incomplete call attempts are made from the same access line, and where those attempts do not complete because an invalid authorization code(s) was used.

    FCC: Federal Communications Commission.

    Hertz: Is a unit of frequency equal to one cycle per second.

    Holiday: One of the following Federally recognized Holidays: Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day.

    Initial minute: The rate element used to bill for the first chargeable minute or fraction thereof, of a call.

    Line haul mileage: Denotes mileage distance between the Company Terminal Office Sites.

    Local access line or local distribution channel: The facility consisting of the necessary equipment and local telephone Company lines which are required to interconnect the Customer’s or authorized user’s premises to a Company Service Point within the same local exchange area or extended service area.

    Local access transport area (LATA): A geographic area established for the provision and administration of communications service. It encompasses one or more designated exchanges, which are grouped to serve common social, economic and other purposes.

    Local calling area: Denotes a geographic area in which a Local Exchange Company end user may complete a call without incurring long distance charges.

    Local exchange area: An area established by the Company for the administration of communications services in a specified area which usually embraces a city, town, or village and its environs. Specific definitions of the Company local exchange areas are available upon request.

    Local time: The time observed, standard or daylight savings, at the rate center associated with the originating point of the call.

    Measured charge: A charge assessed on a per minute basis in calculating a portion of the charges due for a completed Operator Assisted, Direct Dial Call, Calling Card or Third Party Call.

    Measured service: The provision of long distance measured time communications telephone service to Customers who access the Company’s service at its switching and call processing equipment by means of access facilities obtained from a local exchange carrier. The Company is responsible for arranging for the access line.

    Message: Represents an interexchange toll call for which appropriate charges shall be assessed.

    Mileage rate band: Mileage interval which may be used to establish rates for the Company services.

    Minimum Average Time Requirements (MATR): A generic term indicating a specified period of time, used in the determination of usage charges, which represents the minimum average duration of calls completed during a billing period.

    Multiple channel service: A service offering whereby a Customer may order more than one leased channel where the line haul mileage of the channels falls within the same mileage rate band.

    Normal business hours: Normal business hours are represented by the period between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

    Other communications common carrier: A government regulated entity offering communications services to the public.

    Point of Presence(POP): Locations where the Company maintains through its own facilities or through arrangements with other carriers an operations center for purposes of providing long distance service.

    Premises: All buildings occupied by the Customer and/or his authorized user on a contiguous property (except railroad right of way, etc.) not intersected by a public road.

    Responsible organization (Resp. Org.): The carrier entity that has responsibility for the management of toll free numbers in the Service Management System (SMS) including maintaining Customer records in the SMS system. Also, the entity which accesses the SMS to: a) search for and reserve toll free numbers; b) create and maintain toll free number Customer records, including call processing records; and c) provide a single point of contact for trouble reporting. The SMS recognizes one Resp. Org. for each toll free number.

    Service: Service means any or all service(s) provided pursuant to this Guide.

    Service points: Those cities from which the Company makes its services available to its customers.

    Special access line (SAL): A Dedicated Analog Line (DAL) or Digital T-1 Access Line directly connecting Customer’s telephone equipment to the Long Distance Provider without using the Local Exchange Carrier’s switching equipment.

    Special promotional offering: Special discounts or modifications of the Company’s regular service offerings which may, from time to time, be offered to its Customers for a particular service. Such offerings may be limited to certain dates, times, and locations.

    Special services: Denotes service provided and performed by the Company involving special engineering, design, construction, programming, development or production activities to provide services requested by a Customer to meet special needs not otherwise provided under this tariff.

    Station: Any location from which a message can be originated or received.

    Station-to-station call: A call placed to a telephone number, with the understanding that the caller will speak to any person who answers the called number.

    Subscription agreement: A standard form which includes all pertinent billing, technical, and other descriptive information which will enable the Company to provide the long distance service required.

    Switch: A local Telephone Company switching system where Telephone Exchange Service customer station loops are terminated for purposes of interconnection to each other and to trunks through electronic services which are used to provide circuit routing and control.

    Switched access service: Provides the ability to originate and terminate calls between two end user’s premises over facilities of the Telephone Company.

    Telecommunications: The transmission of voice communications or, subject to the transmission capabilities of the company, the transmission of data, facsimile, signaling, metering, or any other form of intelligence over dedicated or switched facilities.

    Terminal equipment: Devices, apparatus, and their associated wiring such as teleprinters, telephone hand sets, or data sets used for origination or termination of telecommunications services.

    Third party call: A call for which charges are billed, not to the originating telephone number, but to a third party telephone number which is neither the originating nor the terminating telephone number.

    Vertical features: Services such as call validation, “Plain Old Telephone Service” (POTS) number translation, and provision of statistical information on the Customer’s toll free traffic, which may be obtained by the Company from Local Exchange Company access tariff on behalf of toll free Service Customer for which the Company serves as Resp. Org.

    Voice-grade channel: Denotes a communications channel with a nominal bandwidth of 4,000 hertz.

    WATS: Wide Area Telecommunications Service.

  3. GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    3.1  UNDERTAKING OF THE COMPANY

    3.1.1  General

    3.1.1.1  The services furnished herein are for the transmission and reception of voice, data and other types of communications. Services provided pursuant to this these terms and conditions may be utilized only for the transmission of communications by Customers consistent with the terms of this Guide, and the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission.

    3.1.1.2  Subject to unavoidable network interruptions, the Company shall endeavor to provide services and facilities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    3.1.2  Availability

    3.1.2.1  Service is offered subject to the availability of the necessary facilities and/or equipment of the Company and/or the Local Exchange Carrier serving the customer. The Company reserves the right to provide services to and from locations where the necessary facilities and/or equipment are available.

    3.1.2.2  The Company reserves the right to suspend service or delay service installation until sufficient network facilities are available to meet the anticipated traffic demand, or terminate a service request with a full refund of any charges billed to the Customer if satisfactory arrangements cannot be concluded within what the Company determines to be a reasonable amount of time.

    3.2  USE OF SERVICE

    3.2.1  Services furnished by the Company may not be used for any unlawful purpose.

    3.2.2  No restrictions apply on sharing or resale of services. The Customer remains liable for all obligations under these terms and conditions notwithstanding such sharing or resale and regardless of the Company’s knowledge of same.

    3.2.3  Use of the services herein in a manner that could interfere with the services provided to other Customers, harm the facilities of the Company or others is prohibited.

    3.2.4  In the event that the Company determines, based upon its sole judgment, that there is fraudulent use of either the services furnished by the Company or the Company’s network, the Company will without liability to the Customer discontinue service and/or seek legal recourse to recover from the Customer all costs involved in enforcement of this provision.

    3.2.4.1  Service may be discontinued by the Company, without notice to the Customer, by blocking traffic to or from certain cities, or NXX exchanges, or by blocking calls using certain Customer authorization codes, such as calling card codes, which the Company deems, in its sole judgment, is necessary to take such action to prevent unlawful use of its services. The Company will restore service as soon as it can be provided without undue risk.

    3.2.4.2  Without incurring any liability, the Company may discontinue the furnishing of service(s) to a Customer immediately and without notice if the Company deems, in its sole judgment, that such action is necessary to prevent or protect against fraud or to otherwise protect its personnel, agents, facilities or services.

    3.2.5  The Company may, but is not required to, advise the Customer of abnormal calling patterns or other possible unauthorized use of facilities or calling cards assigned to the Customer. Additionally, the Company may, but is not required to, block calls on authorization codes which the Company believes to be unauthorized or fraudulent.

    3.2.6  If a Customer utilizes a dedicated access line between the Customer’s premises and the Company’s service office for the origination or termination of calls, the Customer is responsible for payment of all charges for usage over that access line, including any usage which may be fraudulent or unauthorized.

    3.2.7  The use and restoration of service shall be in accordance with Part 64, Subpart D of the Federal Communications Commission’s Rules.

    3.2.8  With the use of the Company authorization codes, the Customer agrees to pay the Company all charges incurred as a result of any delegation of authority whether authorized or unauthorized resulting in the use of its Company authorization codes.

    3.3  OBLIGATIONS OF THE COMPANY

    3.3.1  Liability. Except as provided in this Section, the Company’s sole liability for any claim, loss, expense or damages of any kind, whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising from, or in any way attributable to, acts or omissions of the Company relating to the installation, provision, termination, maintenance, repair, restoration, or billing of any service, feature or option available under this Guide shall not exceed an amount equal to the monthly recurring charge to the Customer for one (1) month, if any, or as otherwise set forth in the outage credit provisions of this Guide provided, however, that:

    3.3.1.1  The Company is not liable for any failure of facilities or performance of services due to causes beyond its control, including, not limited to, civil disorder, fire, flood, storm or other natural or man-made disasters or elements, labor problems or regulations issued by or action taken by any government agency having jurisdiction over the Company or its services or equipment.

    3.3.1.2  The Company shall have no liability to any person or entity other than its Customer.

    3.3.1.3  The Company shall not be liable for, and shall be fully indemnified and held harmless by the Customer against the following:

    3.3.1.3.1  Any claim, loss, expense or damage (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses) for engaging in a criminal enterprise defamation, liable, slander, invasion of privacy, infringement of copyright or patent, arising from, or in connection with, the material, data, information, or other content transmitted over the services or facilities furnished by the Company.

    3.3.1.3.2  Any claim, loss, expense or damage (including, but not limited to reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses) for any act or omission of the Customer or its agents and contractors, or due to the failure of Customer-provided equipment, facilities, systems or services.

    3.3.1.3.3  Any claim, loss, expense or damage (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses) for personal injury or death of any person caused directly or indirectly by the installation, maintenance, location, condition, operation, failure, presence, use or removal of equipment or wiring provided by the Company, if not caused by negligence of the Company; and/or

    3.3.1.3.4  Any use by the Customer of the Company’s products or services which use has been restricted or limited by action of a government agency having jurisdiction over the Customer, the Company or its products or services.

    3.3.1.4  All or a portion of the service provided pursuant to this Guide may be provided over facilities of third parties, and the Company shall not be liable to the Customer or any other person, firm or entity in any respect whatsoever arising out of errors or defects caused by such third parties.

    3.3.1.5  Where any claim arises out of the Company’s acting as a Resp. Org. or where the Company’s Services are not made available on the date committed to the Customer, or cannot otherwise be made available after the Company’s acceptance of the Customer’s order, or is provided with a number(s) other than the one(s) committed by the Company to the Customer, or the number(s) is not included in the Directory Assistance or is included in an incorrect form, or Vertical Features are not obtained or are obtained in error, and any such failure(s) is due solely to the negligence of the Company, in such case the Company’s liability, if any, is limited to the lesser of (a) the actual monetary damages incurred and proved by the Customer as the direct result of such failure(s), or (b) the sum of $1,000.00.

    3.3.1.6  The Company shall not be liable for the use, misuse or abuse of a Customer’s service by third parties, including, without limitation, the Customer’s employees or members of the public who dial the Customer’s telephone number in error. Compensation for any injury the Customer may suffer due to the fault of others must be sought from such other parties.

    3.3.1.7  Not withstanding Section 3.3.1.5, in the event that the Company causes the misrouting of calls, the Company’s sole liability shall be to provide a credit equal to the charges for the affected calls.

    3.3.1.8  The Company reserves the right to immediately suspend or cancel without advance written notice and without any liability whatsoever, the provision of any service(s) to any Customer if the Company determines in its sole discretion that the Customer is using the service(s) to make or permit any telephone facility under such Customer’s control to be used for any purpose or activity, including, but not limited to, any obscene, indecent or harassing purpose or activity, prohibited by Section 223 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and toll free calls placed with the intent of gaining access to a Customer’s outbound calling services without authorization from the Customer.

    3.3.1.9  The Company is not liable for any damages, including toll usage charges; the Customer may incur as a result of the unauthorized use of its telephone facilities. This unauthorized use of the Customer’s facilities includes, but is not limited to, the placement of calls from the Customer-provided equipment which are transmitted or carried on the Company network or the network over which its traffic is carried. The Company’s Customer Service agents may work with Customers to recommend possible solutions to reduce unauthorized use of their facilities. However, the Company does not warrant or guarantee that its recommendations will prevent all unauthorized use, and the Customer is responsible for controlling access to, and use of, its own telephone facilities.

    3.4  OBLIGATIONS OF THE CUSTOMER

    3.4.1  The Customer shall be responsible for damages to the Company’s facilities or that of its network providers caused by the act or omission of the Customer, its authorized users, officers, directors, employees, agents, contractors, licensees or invitees or any person or entity who gains access to the service at the customer through the negligence of the Customer.

    3.4.2  The Customer shall provide access to the Customer’s or authorized user’s premises by the Company personnel for inspection, repair and/or removal of any facilities or equipment of the Company on an unrestricted bases, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    3.4.3  The Customer will guarantee the performance by his authorized user(s) of all provisions of this Guide and contractual obligations between the Customer and the Company. The Customer will be liable for the acts or omissions of its authorized user(s) relative to the compliance with the provision of this Guide.

    3.4.4  The Customer may not assign or transfer to a third party, whether by operation of law or otherwise, the right to use the services provided under this Guide, provided however, that where there is not interruption of use or relocation of the services, such assignment or transfer may be made to the following:

    (a) Another Customer of the Company, provided that the assignee or transferee assumes all accrued and unpaid obligations of the transferring Customer including, but not limited to, all indebtedness for such services, and the unexpired portion of the minimum period and the termination liability applicable to such services if any; or

    (b) A court-appointed receiver, trustee or other person acting pursuant to the laws of bankruptcy, receivership, reorganization, insolvency, liquidation or other similar proceedings, provided that the assignee or transferee assumes all accrued and unpaid obligations of the transferring Customer including, but not limited to, all indebtedness for such services, and the unexpired portion of the minimum period and the termination liability applicable to such services, if any.

    3.4.4.1  If the Customer wishes to assign or transfer the right to use services provided under this Guide, written consent of the Company is required prior to such assignment or transfer which consent may be granted or withheld in the sole discretion of the Company. All regulations and conditions contained in this Guide shall apply to such assignee or transferee. The assignment or transfer of services does not relieve or discharge the assignor or transferor from remaining jointly and severally liable with the assignee or transferee for any obligations existing at the time of the assignment or transfer.

    3.4.5  The Customer of the Company’s 1+, calling card, and/or Inbound Service is responsible for payment for all calls placed:

    (a) Via the Customer’s local telephone service number(s);

    (b) Via dedicated access lines to the Company facilities and/or network;

    (c) Via the Customer’s Toll Free Service number(s) either intentionally or mistakenly placed;

    (d) Originated at the Customer’s number(s);

    (e) Accepted at the Customer’s number(s) (e.g. collect calls); and

    (f) Billed to the Customers number via third number billing.

    3.4.5.1  This responsibility is not changed by virtue of any use, misuse, or abuse of the Customer’s service, Customer provided systems, equipment, facilities, services interconnected to the Customer’s local telephone service, dedicated lines or inbound service; which use, misuse or abuse may be occasioned by third parties, including, without limitation, the Customer’s employees and members of the public.

    3.4.6  The Customer must obtain an adequate number of access lines for service to handle its expected demand in order to prevent interference or impairment of the service or any other service provided by the Company. The Company will have the right to determine such adequacy giving due consideration to (1) the total call volume; (2) average call duration; (3) time-of-day characteristics; and (4) peak calling period.

    3.4.6.1  The Company, without incurring any liability, may disconnect or refuse to furnish Service to any Customer that fails to obtain an adequate number of lines. In the case of disconnection’s, the Customer will be notified in writing in advance of the termination of service.

    3.4.7  Any mistakes, accidents, omissions, interruptions, delays, errors or defects in transmission or service which are caused or contributed to, directly or indirectly, by an act or omission of the Customer, by others, through the use of Customer-provided facilities or equipment, or through the use of facilities or equipment furnished by any other person using the Customer’s facilities shall not result in the imposition of any liability upon the Company. The Customer shall pay to the Company any reasonable costs, expenses, damages, fees or penalties incurred by the Company as a result thereof, including the costs of any local exchange Company labor and materials. The Company shall be indemnified, defended and held harmless by the Customer against any and all claims, demands, causes of action and liability relating to services provide pursuant to this agreement, including payment to the Company associated with reasonable attorney’s fees.

    3.5  PAYMENT REGULATIONS

    3.5.1  Service shall be provided and billed for on a monthly basis. Payment is to be made to the address designated on the invoice or such other location as the Company may direct in writing from time to time. In addition to the charges for the Company’s services, the Customer shall pay any applicable federal, state or local use, excise, sales or privileges taxes resulting from the services furnished by the Company. Such taxes shall not be counted toward the attainment of any volume or revenue commitment and will not be discounted.

    3.5.2  The Customer is responsible for payment of all charges for service(s) furnished by the Company. This includes payment for calls or services (a) originated at the Customer’s number(s) whether authorized or not; (b) accepted at the Customer’s number(s) (e.g. Toll Free Service and collect calls); (c) billed to the Customer’s number via third number billing, a calling card, a company-assigned authorization code, travel card number, or other special billing number; and/or (d) incurred at the specific request of the Customer.

    3.5.3  A Customer is responsible for payment for all calls placed to or via the Customer’s telephone number(s). This responsibility is not changed by virtue of any use, misuse, or abuse of the customer’s service or Customer provided systems, equipment, facilities or services interconnected to the Customer’s Toll Free Service, which use, misuse or abuse may be occasioned by third parties, including, without limitation, the Customer’s employees and members of the public who dial the customer’s toll free number by mistake.

    3.5.4  If notice of a dispute with respect to charge is not received, in writing, within 30 days after an invoice is rendered, such invoice shall be deemed to be correct and binding upon the Customer. In instances of a dispute, the Customer is required to pay the undisputed portion of the bill in its entirety. Accounts not paid within 30 days from the due date stated on the bill will be considered delinquent. Delinquent payments may result in the imposition of a late fee which shall be imposed at the rate of 1.5% of the unpaid balance per month or the maximum allowable rate under applicable state law.

    3.5.5  If a Customer accumulates more than $1,000 of undisputed delinquent charges, the Company’s Resp Org reserves the right not to honor that Customer’s request for a Resp Org change and the Company reserves the right not to honor that Customer’s request for a carrier change until such undisputed charges are paid in full.

    3.5.6  The Company may require applicants or Customers to provide information pertaining to their financial ability to pay for service.

    3.5.6.1  Applicants or Customers whose credit worthiness is not acceptable to the Company, or is not a matter of general knowledge, may be denied service or may be required to make, at any time, a deposit in an amount equaling up to three months, actual or estimated, charges for the services provided. The Company may increase the amount of any deposit previously required if, in the Company’s sole discretion, it is reasonably necessary under the circumstances.

    3.5.6.2  At the Company’s option, such deposit may be refunded or credited to the Customer at, or any time prior to, termination of service. The Customer may elect to apply the deposit to future invoices or receive a payment of the deposit amount. However, if any balance is outstanding on the Customer’s account at the time of cancellation, the Company reserves the right to apply the Customer’s deposit and accumulated interest against the Customer’s unpaid balance.

    3.5.7  In the event the Company incurs fees or expenses, including attorney’s fees, court costs, costs of investigation and related expenses in collecting, or attempting to collect, any charges owed to the Company, the Customer will be liable to the Company for the payment of all such fees and expenses reasonably incurred.

    3.5.8  In the event that a check or draft tendered by a Customer is returned, a fee of $15 will apply. The fee will be assessed when a check or instrument issued by a Customer is returned without payment for any reason whatsoever, unless the return is a bank error, in which case documentary evidence is required to waive the fee.

    3.5.9  All stated charges in this Guide are computed by the Company exclusive of any federal, state, or local use, excise, gross receipts, sales, or privilege taxes, duties, fees, or similar liabilities (other than general income or property taxes) whether charged to or against the Company of its Customer. Such taxes, fees, etc. shall be paid by the Customer in addition to the charges stated in this tariff. All such taxes, duties and fees shall each be shown as a separate line item on the Customer’s monthly invoice.

    3.5.10  In cases involving toll fraud, the Company may backbill for one and one-half (1 ) years from the point when such fraud was detected and/or quantified.

    3.6  CREDIT ALLOWANCES

    3.6.1  Interruption of Service

    3.6.1.1  No credit will be allowed for relinquishing facilities in order to perform routine maintenance.

    3.6.1.2  Credit for failure of service or equipment will be allowed only when such failure is caused by or occurs in facilities or equipment provided by the Company. As used in this Guide, all equipment, facilities and/or services for which the Company renders a bill for payment are considered provided by the Company whether or not the equipment, facilities and/or services are owned and operated by the Company unless otherwise provided by the terms or this Guide.

    3.6.1.3  No credit will be allowed for failures of service or equipment due to Customer user-provided facilities or any act or omission of the Customer, its authorized user(s), officers, directors, employees, agents, contractors, licensees or invitees or any person or entity who gains access to the service at the customer through the negligence of the customer.

    3.6.1.4  Credit allowance time for failure of service or equipment starts when the Customer notifies the Company of the failure or when the Company has actual knowledge of the failure, and ceases when the service has been restored and an attempt has been made to notify the Customer.

    3.6.1.5  The Customer shall notify the Company of failures of service or equipment and make reasonable attempts to ascertain whether the failure is caused by Customer-provided equipment.

    3.6.1.6  Only those portions of the service or equipment operation materially interfered with will be credited.

    3.6.2  Outage Credit

    3.6.2.1  No credit shall be given for an interruption of less than 2 hours.

    3.6.2.2  The Customer shall be credited for an interruption of 2 hours or more at the rate of 1/360th of the monthly charge for the facilities affected for each period of 2 hours or major fraction thereof that the interruption continues. (A billing period has 30 days and service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Every month will have 720 hours.) Such a credit shall only be applied to services priced by the Company on a monthly flat rated basis.

    3.6.2.3  Where a minimum usage charge is applicable and the Customer fails to meet a usage minimum, credit for the outage shall be applied against that minimum equal to 1/360th of the monthly minimum charges associated with the portion of service disabled for each period of 2 hours or major fraction thereof that the interruption continues. Such a credit shall only be applied to services priced by the Company on a monthly flat rated basis.

    3.7  EQUIPMENT

    3.7.1  Customer Obligations

    3.7.1.1  The Customer shall assume all responsibility for obtaining all necessary permits, authorization or consents for interconnecting Customer-provided equipment or facilities with the Company’s services or facilities as well as ensuring that the Customer-provided equipment or facilities are properly interfaced with the Company’s services or equipment.

    3.7.1.2  Access to and release of Company provided facilities located on the Customer’s premises for testing and repair will be required for failures of equipment or service and/or routine maintenance. The Company will notify the Customer in advance of such necessary access or release and will attempt to schedule the access or release at a mutually convenient time. For charges contemplated in the Guide, such testing and repair and/or routine maintenance will be performed during regular business hours. When, at the specific request of the Customer, such routine maintenance, testing and/or repair is performed outside of regular business hours, additional special service charges may apply.

    3.7.1.3  The Customer shall operate its equipment and facilities in such a manner that its use of the Company’s facilities shall not interfere with any other Customer’s use of the Company’s services or equipment.

    3.7.1.4  The Customer shall provide adequate space, electrical power, wiring, HVAC and electrical outlets necessary for the proper operation of the Company’s equipment on the Customer’s and/or authorized user’s premises.

    3.7.1.5  The Customer shall be responsible for all loss regardless of cause (other than directly resulting from an act or omission of the Company) to the Company’s equipment on the Customer’s or it’s authorized user’s premises.

    3.7.1.6  The Customer is responsible for ensuring that, except for Customer authorized and qualified personnel, no one attempts to adjust, modify, move or otherwise interfere in any way with the continuous operation of the Company’s equipment located at the Customer’s or authorized user premises.

    3.7.1.7  The Customer shall comply with the minimum protective criteria generally accepted in the telephone industry and other appropriate criteria as may be prescribed by the Company to protect the integrity of service or for safety reasons.

    3.7.1.8  The Customer shall be responsible for the installation, operation or maintenance of any Customer-provided equipment. Where such equipment is connected to service furnished pursuant to this Guide, the responsibility of the Company shall be limited to the furnishing of services under this Guide and to the maintenance and operation of such services in the proper manner. Subject to this responsibility, the Company shall not be responsible for the following:

    (a) The through transmission of signals generated by Customer-provided equipment or for the quality of, or defects in, such transmission;

    (b) The reception of signals by Customer-provided equipment; or

    (c) Network control signaling where such signaling is performed by Customer-provided network control signaling equipment.

    3.7.2  Terminal Equipment

    3.7.2.1  The Company’s facilities and service may be used with or terminated in Customer-provided terminal equipment or Customer-provided communications systems. Such terminal equipment shall be furnished and maintained at the expense of the customer, except as otherwise provided in this Guide. The Customer is responsible for all costs at his premises, including Customer personnel, wiring, electrical power, and the like, incurred in the use of the Company’s service.

    3.7.2.2  When such terminal equipment is used, the equipment shall comply with the minimum protective criteria set forth below and shall not interfere with service furnished to other Customers. Additional protective equipment, if needed, shall be employed at the Customer’s expense.

    3.7.2.3  When service(s) using voice grade facilities is terminated in Customer-provided terminal equipment, channel derivation devices, or communications systems, the Customer shall comply with the following minimum protective criteria:

    3.7.2.3.1  When the facilities furnished under this Guide are used in common with local telephone company services, it is necessary in order to prevent excessive noise and cross talk, that the power of the signal applied to the local lines be limited. A single valued limit for all applications cannot be specified. Therefore, the power of the signal in the band over 300 hertz which may be applied by the Customer-provided equipment at the point of termination will be specified by the Company for each application, to be consistent with the signal power allowed on the telecommunications network as specified in FCC Part 68 Rules and Regulations.

    3.7.2.3.2  To protect the telecommunications services from interference at frequencies which are above the band of service provided, the carrier will specify the acceptable signal power in the following bands to be applied by the Customer provided equipment or communications system at the point of termination to insure that the input to facilities of the Company or other communications company that the Company connects with does not exceed the limits indicated.

    a.  The power in the band from 3,995 hertz to 4,000 hertz shall be at least 19 dB below the power of the signal as specified in Subsection 3.7.2.3.1 preceding.

    b.  The power in the band from 4,000 hertz to 10,000 hertz shall not exceed 24 dB below one milliwatt.

    c.  The power in the band from 10,000 hertz to 25,000 hertz shall not exceed 24dB below one milliwatt.

    d.  The power in the band from 25,000 hertz to 40,000 hertz shall not exceed 36 dB below one milliwatt.

    e.  The power in the band above 40,000 hertz shall not exceed 50 dB below one milliwatt.

    3.7.2.3.3  Where there is connection via Customer-provided terminal equipment or communications systems to a Message Telecommunications Service to prevent the interruption or disconnection of calls or interference with network control signaling, it is necessary that the equipment to the interface at no time has energy solely in the 2450 to 2740 hertz band. If signal power is in the 2450 to 2750 hertz band, it must not exceed the power present at the same time in the 800 to 2450 hertz band.

    3.7.2.3.4  Where such Customer-provided equipment or communications system applies, signals having components in the frequency spectrum below 300 hertz, excluding ringing signals, the currents and voltages (including all harmonics and spurious signals) at the interface shall not exceed the limits indicated in a. through d. following:

    a.  The maximum rms (root-mean-square) value, including dc and ac components of the current per conductor shall not exceed 0.35 ampere.

    b.  The magnitude of the peak of the conductor or ground voltage shall not exceed 70 volts.

    c.  The conductor voltage shall be such that the conductor-to-ground voltage limit in 3.7.2.3.2 preceding is not exceeded. If the signal source is not grounded, the voltage limit in 3.7.2.3.2 preceding applies to the conductor-to-conductor voltage.

    d.  The total weighted rms voltage within the band from 50 hertz shall not exceed 100 volts. The total weighted rms voltage is the square root of the sum of the products times the square of the rms voltage of the individual frequency components. The weighting factors are indicated.

    For Frequencies Between Weighting Factor
    50 Hertz and 100 Hertz f2/104
    100 Hertz and 300 Hertz f3.3/106.6

    Where f is the numerical value of the frequency, in hertz, of the frequency component being weighted.

    3.7.2.4  If the Customer fails to maintain and operate his terminal equipment properly, resulting in the occurrence or possibility of harm to the Company’s equipment, personnel, or the quality of service to other Customers, the Company may, upon written notice, require repair, maintenance or the use of protective equipment at the Customer’s expense. If such repair, maintenance or use of protective equipment fails to produce satisfactory results, the Company may, upon written notice, terminate the customer’s service immediately.

    3.7.2.5  The Customer shall also comply with the minimum protective criteria generally accepted in the telephone industry including Part 68 of the FCC Rules and Regulations, and other appropriate criteria as may be prescribed by the Company. The Customer shall ensure that his terminal facilities are of the proper mode, band-width, power, data, speed, and signal level for the intended use of the Customer, and that the signals do not damage the Company’s equipment, injure personnel or degrade service to other Customers.

    3.8  CANCELLATION OF SERVICE

    3.8.1  The Company may, without incurring any liability, cancel or suspend the provision of service or equipment for non-payment of any sum due to the Company from the Customer, whether pursuant to service offered under this Guide or otherwise, or as a result of actions of a government agency which forces discontinuance of the provision of service or equipment, or for violation or threatened violation of any of the terms or conditions of this Guide by the Customer or authorized user, or if the Customer becomes insolvent or bankrupt, or makes a general assignment for the benefit of creditors or as otherwise permitted by this Guide.

    3.8.2  The discontinuance of service by the Company pursuant to this Section does not relieve the Customer of any obligations to pay the Company for charges due and owed for service(s) furnished up to the time of discontinuance.

    3.8.3  The remedies set forth herein shall not be exclusive and the Company shall at all times be entitled to all rights available to it under either law or equity.

    3.8.4  Except as otherwise provided in this Guide or as specified in writing by the party entitled to receive service, notices may be given orally or in writing to the person(s) whose name(s) and business address(es) appear on the executed service order.

    3.8.5  Where the Company cancels a service and the final service period is less than the monthly billing period, a credit will be issued for any amounts billed in advance, prorated at 1/30th of the monthly recurring charge for each day after the service was discontinued. This credit will be issued to the Customer or applied against the balance remaining on the Customer’s account.

    3.8.6  The Customer shall pay a cancellation charge for services that require special facilities dedicated to its use when the Customer cancels the order before service begins or prior to the expiration of the service term or if service is canceled for nonpayment or failure to make a requested deposit. The charge will be equal to the non-recoverable portion of expenditures or liabilities incurred expressly for the Customer and the sum of the monthly recurring or minimum usage amount remaining through the end of the term. The Customer is liable for any charges assessed by the interconnecting telephone company providing the dedicated local access line.

    3.9  DETERMINATION AND RENDERING OF CHARGES

    3.9.1  For the purpose of billing, service will be deemed to be started on the day the service and its associated equipment, if any, is installed. Where billing is based upon Customer usage, Customers will be billed for all usage commencing on the date usage begins.

    3.9.2  Subject to the Company’s right to cancel or suspend services as otherwise provided in this Guide, the minimum service period is 30 days. Termination by Customer is effective 30 days after receipt by the company of a written notice of cancellation. Termination by the Company is effective 30 days after delivery of written notice or as otherwise set forth in this Guide or other agreement between the Customer and the Company.

    3.9.3  In situations where a Special Service is requested, the minimum service period and charges will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

    3.9.4  All monthly recurring flat rate charges are billed one month in advance. Initial and final month’s billing, when the service period is less than a month, will be prorated at 1/30th of the month’s recurring charge for each day the service was rendered or equipment was provided.

    3.9.5  Usage charges are billed monthly for the preceding billing period. For periods less than the monthly billing period, minimum usage charges are prorated at 1/30th of the monthly minimum amount for each day the service was rendered.

    3.9.6  The duration of a call is rated in intervals of the billing increments described for each service provided in this Guide. If the final interval of a call is less than the applicable billing increment, it will be rounded up to a full increment for purposes of billing.

    3.9.7  Computed usage charges or credits for each call are rounded to the nearest cent when possible.

    3.9.8  Rate periods apply, unless noted otherwise, as indicated below and are based on the time in which a call is established. In cases where a call begins in one rate period and continues into another, the rate in effect in each period will apply to the portion of the call occurring within the applicable rate period.

    3.10  TIMING OF CALLS

    3.10.1  Billable time for service is the duration of time between the called station answering and the called or calling station disconnecting, provided duration may be rounded in accordance with specific descriptions in this Guide.

    3.11  SPECIAL SERVICES

    3.11.1  For the purpose of this Guide, a Special Service is deemed to be any service requested by the Customer for which there is no prescribed rate in this Service and Charges Guide.Special Services charges will be developed on an individual case basis.

    3.11.2  Special Service charges will be based on the estimated cost of furnishing such services including the cost of operating and maintaining such a service, the cost of equipment and materials used in providing such a service, the cost of installation including engineering, construction, labor supervision, transportation, and the cost of any other specific item associated with the particular Special Service request.

    3.11.2.1  If at the request of the Customer, the Company obtains facilities not normally used to provide service to its customer, the cost incurred will be billed as a Special Service.

    3.11.2.2  If at the request of the Customer, the Company provides technical assistance not normally required to provided service, the costs involved will be billed as a Special Service.

    3.11.2.3  Where special signaling, conditioning, equipment, or other features are required to make Customer-provided equipment compatible with the Company service, the cost of providing these features will be billed as a Special Service.

    3.12  FRACTIONAL CHARGES

    3.12.1  Charges for a fractional part of a month are calculated by counting the number of days remaining in the billing period after service is furnished. Divide that number of days figure by thirty days (billing period). The result is then multiplied by the applicable monthly service charge to arrive at the appropriate fractional monthly service charge.

    3.12.2  For each call the minimum charge shall be the applicable charge for the initial billing increment of use with use in excess of the initial billing increment during a call charged at the applicable rate per minute with the fractional billing increments, if any, of each call rounded up to the next highest whole billing increment.

    3.12.3  All per call, charges of fractional cents shall be rounded to the next full cent unless otherwise stated in the specific product description (Section 4).

  4. SERVICE DESCRIPTIONS

    4.1  MESSAGE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE (MTS)

    4.1.1  MTS - This service arrangement allows a Customer to originate interstate calls in areas with Equal Access capabilities served by the Company by presubscribing to the Service.

    4.1.2  The applicable usage rate depends upon the distance between originating and terminating points and the rate period(s) in which the call occurs. Calls are billed in six (6) second increments after an initial minimum billable period of one minute. Discounts from the Company’s basic rate schedule if available through various calling plans are set forth in Section 4.4 herein.

    4.1.3  Basic MTS Service via equal access facilities is available to Customers served by any LEC equal access office served by the Company.

    4.1.3.1  Company provided services are available for calls originating in Michigan.

    a. Per Minute Rates - Refer to the Section 5 Service Charges.

    4.3  Inbound Services

    4.3.1  The Company Inbound Service is an inbound service originating on feature group facilities provided by the Local Exchange Carrier (LEC) and terminating on a regular business line or a Special Access Line (SAL). This service enables the Customer to receive toll free service calls at their residence or place of business.

    4.3.2  The Company reserves the right to require an applicant for the Company Inbound Service to supply the following information when requesting service: an initial traffic forecast, identification of anticipated busy hour, identification of its geographical marketing target areas, and a schedule of marketing and promotional activities. The Company may also require that a new traffic forecast be submitted by the Customer quarterly after service is initiated.

    4.3.3  The Company’s Inbound Service is furnished upon condition that the Customer contracts for adequate facilities to permit the use of this service without injurious effect upon it or any service rendered by the Company. The Company may terminate or refuse to furnish Inbound Service to any applicant, without incurring any liability and without notice to the Customer, if the use of the service would interfere with or impair any service rendered by the Company.

    4.3.4  The Customer must obtain an adequate number of access lines for the Company Inbound Services to handle the Customer’s expected demand in order to prevent interference or impairment of this service or any other service provided by the Company considering: (1) total call volume; (2) average call duration; (3) time-of-day characteristics; and (4) peak calling period. The Company, without incurring any liability and without notice to the Customer, may disconnect or refuse to furnish the Company Inbound Service to any Customer that fails to comply with these conditions.

    4.3.5  Use of numbers: Each Inbound Service telephone number must be placed in actual and substantial use by the Customer. “Substantial use” shall mean a pattern of use that demonstrates an intent on the Customer’s part to employ the number for the purpose for which it was intended; namely, to allow callers to reach the Customer, as indicated, for example, by at least 30 average monthly minutes of use or more. Any toll free telephone number associated with the Company Inbound Service that has not been placed in actual and substantial use during the first sixty (60) day period after service activation may be redesignated as a spare number in the Company toll free database by the Company upon written notice to the Customer.

    4.3.6  If the Customer requests assignment of a specific Inbound Service telephone number, the Company may require the Customer to submit a number reservation agreement form to the Company. At no time may a Customer have more than ten (10) numbers reserved. Any reservation shall be for no more than sixty (60) days and shall be subject to a reservation fee which will be credited to Customer’s unpaid balance after the Company Inbound Service has been in actual and substantial use for a consecutive sixty (60) day period.

    4.3.7  Nothing in this Section, or in any other provision of this Guide, or in any marketing materials issued by or on behalf of the Company, shall give any person, including prospective Customers who have reserved toll free telephone number hereunder or Customers who subscribe to and use the Company Inbound Service or their transferee or assigns, any ownership interest or proprietary right in any particular toll free number; however, upon placing a number actually and substantially in use, as defined above, the Company Inbound Service Customers do have a controlling interest in the toll free number(s). The Company’s Inbound Service Customer may retain the use of their toll free number assignments, even following changes in their toll free carrier and/or Resp. Org.

    4.3.8  If a Customer places an order for the Company to carry Customer’s already existing toll free number service, the Customer shall provide to the Company the contact names, telephone number and address of the Customer’s Responsible Organization (Resp. Org.). Upon subscription to the Company’s Inbound Service, the Customer may execute a Letter of Authorization to transfer Resp. Org. responsibility of its toll free number(s) to the Company Resp. Org. in writing within 48 hours of the change. The Customer is responsible for all outstanding indebtedness for services provided by a previous Resp. Org. or inbound service carrier. The Company assumes no responsibility or liability with respect to any obligations of Customer to such previous service providers existing at the time of transfer to the Company.

    4.3.9  The Company’s Resp. Org. functions include 1) search for and reservation of toll free numbers in the SMS/800/888 or other toll free number; 2) creating and maintaining the toll free number Customer record in the SMS/800/888 or other toll free number; and 3) provision of a single point of contact for trouble reporting.

    4.3.10  In the event that a Customer cancels its Company Resp. Org. or Inbound Service, the customer shall be responsible for all outstanding indebtedness to the Company and any outstanding charges applicable to any service obtained by or on behalf of the Customer by the Company.

    4.3.11  It is the Customer’s responsibility to provide answer supervision back to the Company point of connection even when the Company Inbound Service is connected to switching equipment or a Customer-provided communications system. In such case, the equipment or system must provide appropriate supervision so that the measure of chargeable time begins upon delivery of the call to the Customer’s switching equipment or communications system and ends upon termination of the call.

    4.3.12  Toll Free Feature Charges are determined by the specific feature requested by a Toll Free Customer. These charges are in addition to toll free usage charges and are not subject to discounting unless specifically indicated in Section 5, Service Charges (5.4.2).

    4.3.13  The Company will bill the Inbound Service Customer for calls generated on the Customer’s Toll Free service number in six (6) second increments, after the initial billing increment of one minute. The rates for usage of Inbound Service are defined in Section 5.3.1 of this Guide.

    4.3.14  Special Toll Free Services For Customers

    4.3.14.1  Homebound Toll Free Service

    4.3.14.1.1  Description: Homebound Toll Free is an inbound service available to the Company residential customers only. This service enables the Customer to receive toll free service calls at their residence. The residential Customer will be assigned a toll free telephone number and PIN number (where applicable) to receive calls that are paid for by the Customer rather than the calling party.

    4.3.14.1.2  Usage Charges: Usage Charges in Section 5.4.3 following, are determined by the time of day, rate periods and minutes of use within each rate period.

    a.  Rate Periods:

    PEAK

    All calls that occur between 8:00 A.M. and 4:59 P.M. Monday through Friday

    OFF PEAK

    All calls that occur between 5:00 P.M. and 7:59 A.M. Monday through Thursday, and all calls between 5:00 P.M. Friday and 7:59 A.M. Monday.

    4.4  OTHER SERVICE ARRANGEMENTS

    4.4.1  Plan Administration Fee: A plan administration fee will be charged for all customers subscribing to toll service. The plan administration fee is a monthly recurring charge that will be charge in accordance to the company specific fee schedule listed in section 5, if applicable.

    4.5  SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICES

    4.5.1  Directory Assistance

    4.5.1.1  Long Distance Directory Assistance is available to Customers of Company’s switched services. The charge applies to each call regardless of whether the Directory Assistance Bureau is able to furnish the requested telephone number. Up to two requests may be made on each Directory Assistance call.

    4.5.1.2  A credit allowance for a Directory Assistance call will be provided if the Customer experiences poor transmission quality, receives an incorrect telephone number, or inadvertently misdials the intended Directory Assistance number.

    4.5.1.3  The applicability of usage volume discounts toward directory assistance charges is addressed within each individual service section.

    4.5.1.4  Usage Charges Refer to Section 5, Service Charges (5.5.1.1).

    4.5.1.5  Handicapped customers who qualify for exemptions from Directory Assistance charges due to visual or other physical disabilities will be required to submit a written letter of verification to the Company. Each Directory Assistance billed call will appear on the subsequent month’s bill as a credit.

    4.6  PROMOTIONAL OFFERINGS

    4.6.1  Certain promotional offerings may be provided from time to time.. These promotional offerings may only apply to certain services, and may be limited to certain dates, times, and locations.

    4.7  PUBLIC PAYPHONE SURCHARGE

    4.7.1  This charge will apply to all completed consumer calls placed from a public/semipublic payphone in which a 1-8XX call is placed. Specifically, the public payphone charge applies to: 1) calling card services, 2) Any Inbound Service offering, 3) collect calls, 4) calls billed to a third number and 5) Company Prepaid Card Services (if applicable).

    4.7.2  The public payphone surcharge is applied in addition to any other applicable service charges or surcharges. Discounts offered by any of the Company’s discount plans do not apply to the Public Payphone Surcharge.

  5. SERVICE CHARGES

    5.1  MESSAGE EXPRESS LONG DISTANCE RATES

    5.2  DELETED

    5.3  INBOUND SERVICES

    5.3.1  Inbound Usage Charges: Contiguous U.S., Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

    Day/Evening/Night/Weekend

    Mileage 1st Minute Add’l Minute
    Band 1 (2200 Miles) $0.12 $0.12

    5.3.1.1  Inbound Charges From – Alaska and Hawaii

    5.3.1.1.1  Usage Charges

    a. Per Minute Rates

    All Periods

    Mileage 1st Minute Add’l Minute
    Band 2 (4400 Miles) $0.22 $0.22

    5.3.1.2  Inbound Charges From – Northern Mariana and Guam

    5.3.1.2.1  Usage Charges

    a. Per Minute Rates

    All Periods

    Mileage 1st Minute Add’l Minute
    Band 3 (Over 4400 Miles) $0.37 $0.37

    5.4  FEATURE CHARGES

    5.4.1  Inbound Feature Charges - Feature Charges are determined by the specific feature requested by a Company Inbound Customer. These charges are in addition to Inbound usage charges and are not subject to discounting unless specifically indicated.

    Feature Set-up Charge Montly Recurring Charge
    Toll Free Number Charge (per toll free number) $  5.00 N/C
    Reservation Charge (per toll free number)
    (max. 10 numbers per Customer)
    $ 35.00 N/C
    Time of Day Routing (per toll free number) $100.00 $ 50.00
    Day of Week Routing (per toll free number) $100.00 $ 50.00
    Change Toll Free Destination Number (via service order) $ 15.00 N/C
    Expedite Toll Free Service Order (per order) $100.00 N/C
    Add/Change Area of Service Screening $ 25.00 N/C

    5.4.2  Company Resp. Org. Charges

    Service Set-up Charge Montly Recurring Charge
    Modify Toll Free Number Record (Add/Change Toll Free Number, Vertical or Enhanced Features) $ 25.00 N/C

    5.4.3  Homebound Toll Free Service

    5.4.3.1  Usage Charges

    a.  Inbound Charges: Contiguous U.S., Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico:

    All Periods

    Mileage 1st Minute Add’l Minute
    Band 1 (2200 Miles) $0.18 $0.18

    b.  Inbound Charges From - Alaska, Hawaii

    All Periods

    Mileage 1st Minute Add’l Minute
    Band 2 (4400 Miles) $0.22 $0.22

    c.  Inbound Charges From - Alaska, Hawaii

    All Periods

    Mileage 1st Minute Add’l Minute
    Band 3 (Over 4400 Miles) $0.37 $0.37

    d.  Billing Increments - Usage is billed in one (1) minute increments.

    e.  Monthly Recurring Charges - Monthly Service Fee:  $2.50

    5.5  SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICES

    5.5.1  Directory Assistance

    5.5.1.1  Usage Charges for Directory Assistance will be $.75 per call.

    5.6  PUBLIC PAYPHONE SURCHARGE (No Discounts Apply)

    Mileage Rate Per Message
    All . 24

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