Bell South Users to See Increase

BellSouth joins the list of businesses asking customers to pay more for the services they receive.

The Federal Communications Commission ruled in June that BellSouth and other so called "Baby Bells" could raise the federal subscriber line charge.

For residential and business customers with a single phone line, the monthly charges rise to $6 a month. Extra phone lines are $7 a month.

BellSouth says the charge is needed to help pay for equipment that is used to deliver telephone service from BellSouth's central offices to subscribers' homes and businesses. With the increased fees, the company expects to generate approximately $15-million a month in its nine-state region.

Consumer groups have opposed the increase saying that long-distance companies have recorded a drop in long-distance traffic.