Universal Lifeline Telephone Service Surcharge
This surcharge subsidizes the Gwen Moore Fund for Universal Lifeline Telephone Service (ULTS) which helps pay for a 50% discount on local telephone service for eligible low-income customers. A Lifeline customer is typically eligible for one discounted line into the home but may have other lines at the regular price. People with a hearing impairment and who use Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf are eligible for two lines at the Lifeline rate. The California Public Utilities Commission adjusts the surcharge based on the fund balance.