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3.1. Saving Money

You can't judge how much you save until you know how much you spend for traditional telephone service. Table 3-1 shows the details from my bill at the start of 2005.

Table 3-1. SBC monthly statement breakdown
Service/fee descriptionAmount
Basic Local Service—Residence11.05
Touchtone.18
Total Monthly Service11.23
Surcharges and Other Fees 
Federal Subscriber Line Charges5.21
911 Service Fee.75
Federal Universal Service Fee.90
Expanded Local Calling Service.08
TX Rate Group Reclassification Surcharge.93
Municipal Charge.80
Total Surcharges and Other Fees9.13
Taxes 
Federal (Local Charges).59
Federal (Non-regulated and Toll Charges).00
State and Local (Local Charges)1.61
State and Local (Non-regulated & Toll Charges).01
Total Taxes2.21
Total Plans and Services22.57
SBC Long Distance1.21
Total Current Charges23.78



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