Disconnection and Late Payment Fee Update
Moratorium on Disconnection for Non-Payment and Fees for Late Payment Ends February 15, 2022. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has announced that the moratorium on disconnection and late payment fees for non-payment of voice services for residential and small business customers during the Covid-19 pandemic will end February 15, 2022. If you are behind on your payments for voice services, please contact our business office at 559.868.6000 as soon as possible to pay your outstanding balance or arrange a payment schedule to avoid disconnection of your telephone service. We appreciate your business!
Temporary Changes to Lifeline Process
Ponderosa will delay the California Lifeline Renewal Process until June 30, 2022, or as directed by the California Lifeline Administrator or the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”), and will suspend Lifeline customer de-enrollment for non-usage for as long as the Federal Communications Commission suspends its rule for that or as directed by the California Lifeline Administrator or the CPUC.
Nov. 19 California Consumer Disaster Protection Measures
Post-Disaster Consumer Protection Measures For Wireline Communications Customers in California
In the event the Governor of California or the President of the United States declares a state of emergency in your area that results in the loss or disruption of landline telephone service1 or in the degradation of the quality of landline telephone service,2 landline telephone providers shall provide the following protections to their residential and small business (5 lines or less) customers for a duration of at least 12 months from the date of the state of emergency declaration or as appropriately determined by the California Office of Emergency Services:
- Waiver of one-time activation fee for establishing remote call forwarding, remote access to call forwarding, call forwarding features, and messaging services;
- Waiver of the monthly rate for one month for remote call forwarding, remote access to call forwarding, call forwarding, call forwarding features, and messaging services;
- Waiver of the service charge for installation of service at the temporary or new permanent location of the customer and again when the customer moves back to the premises;
- Waiver of the fee for one jack and associated wiring at the temporary location regardless of whether the customer has an Inside Wire Plan;
- Waiver of the fee for up to five free jacks and associated wiring for Inside Wiring Plan customer upon their return to their permanent location; and
- Waiver of the fee for one jack and associated wiring for non-Plan customers upon their return to their permanent location.
For more information, please contact your service provider.
1 “Disruption” is the (1) loss of dial tone; (2) no connection or otherwise non-functioning service; or (3) circumstances in which the caller cannot make or receive a voice call because the disaster has rendered the service nonfunctional and so, the caller is unable to make a 9-1-1 call.
2 “Degradation” occurs in situations where service is not completely out, but callers still encounter poor service quality, including, but not limited to, static, failure to connect, a fast busy signal, and/or dropped calls, including 9-1-1 calls.
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