The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada has scheduled a consumer session for Thursday, Sept. 12, to hear public comment regarding Rio Virgin Telephone Co.’s rate increase application.

Rio Virgin Telephone Co. (d/b/a Reliance Connects) provides service to customers in rural portions of Clark County in and around Mesquite. The company proposes to increase the basic monthly residential rate 58 percent from $8.86 to $14. Rio Virgin Telephone Co. also proposes to increase business rates 11.7 percent from $13.43 to $15.

Other proposed rate changes include lowering its direct inward dialing rate from $5 to 50 cents per number and elimination of the Touch Tone service fee, which is currently 75 cents.

In addition, Rio Virgin Telephone Co. seeks $737,992 from the Nevada Universal Service Fund to help maintain rates at reasonably comparable levels to urban rates.

Based on the evidence presented in the case, the PUCN may adopt rates either higher or lower than the rates proposed by Rio Virgin Telephone Co.

The consumer session is scheduled for:

Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m.
Mesquite City Hall
10 East Mesquite Boulevard
Mesquite, NV 89027

Public comment will be limited to the contents of the application. Rio Virgin Telephone Co. representatives, as well as PUCN representatives, will be present to hear comments and answer questions. A hearing on this application has been scheduled for Oct. 23.

Individuals with questions regarding the consumer session can contact the PUCN at (775) 684-6101. Information about Rio Virgin Telephone Co.’s application can be found on the PUCN’s website at From the top navigational bar on the home page, select Dockets, followed by All Dockets. Scroll to docket number 13-06007 and click View.