ETC will accept cash, money orders or personal checks as a payment for your account. ETC accepts Visa, Discover, and MasterCard for credit or debit card payment*.
*If you would like to make a payment by credit or debit card, you may call your local office and make a payment over the phone or stop by your local office during regular business hours.
Other payment options:
You can pay your bill online. Click here.
You can sign up for direct debit billing. Click here.
You can enroll in paperless billing. Click here or stop by your local ETC office.
Personal checks may not be accepted if previous checks have been returned by the bank for insufficient funds.
Monthly Charge & Fee Descriptions
Provided below are brief descriptions of some of the recurring monthly charges and fees that may appear on your bill. Please contact your local ETC office if you have any further questions regarding your billing statement.
Basic Telephone Line Charges – This is the amount charged for unlimited local calling. Basic telephone service is billed one month in advance whereas long distance calls are billed in arrears.
Inter Network Access Charge – This amount is set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and is for access to the interstate communications network. *Inter Network Access Charge does not apply in all areas.
Intra Network Access Charge – This amount is set by the state government and is for access to the intrastate network. Intra Network Access Charge does not apply in all areas.
Directory Charges – ETC provides each subscriber with one listing in the phone directory free of charge. Customers who desire an unlisted or non-published number will be assigned a $1.00 fee each month. This charge will appear under the heading titled “Directory Charges”. ETC also provides Yellow Page advertising for businesses. If a business customer purchases such advertising, it will be billed under the same heading.
State Tax – State taxes are applied to all long distance calls made within the state of Indiana. ETC collects this amount and forwards it to the proper agency.
Federal Tax – Federal taxes are applied to all long distance calls made within the state of Indiana and calls made to other states. ETC collects this amount and forwards it to the proper agency.
Charges From List of Calls Including Tax – This is the total amount of your bill, however, it does not include any other services that you may have purchased, such as TV, Internet, etc.
TV – ETC provides television service in certain areas. If you are a television customer, the charges will appear under this heading. Television service is billed one month in advance.
911 – This amount is determined by your county government. ETC collects this fee from every subscriber and submits it to the proper facility. This charge covers the costs for the administration of emergency 911 services. 911 charges 90¢ per month for both basic residential and basic business.
TDD (Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf) – This amount is collected by ETC and submitted to InTRAC (Indiana Telecommunications Relay Access Corporation). This charge supports relay services, which allow the hearing and/or speech impaired to communicate via telephone. ($0.03 /month)
Calling Features – ETC offers a variety of custom calling features that make using your phone even easier. If you subscribe to any calling features, those charges will appear in this area of your bill.
Inside Wire Maintenance – If a customer accepts Inside Wire Maintenance there is a monthly charge that will cover both phone and TV service. IWM covers any problem the customer may have in their inside wiring or their jacks. It does not cover telephones, fax machines, modems, answering machines, etc. If a customer rejects IWM: Should a service call be made by ETC technicians, and the problem is in the inside wire, a service charge will be assessed. The technician, if requested, will repair the inside wire for the cost of additional labor and material. This means that even if the technician does not enter the house, the customer is still assessed the $75.00 service charge. If the customer wants the technician to fix the problem, they will be charged for labor and materials along with the $75.00 service charge. Also, if customer owned phones, modems, fax machines, etc. cause trouble on the line, the customer will be charged $75.00 even if the customer accepts IWM.
Equipment Lease Charges – ETC offers some telephones and peripheral equipment for lease. If the lease equipment should fail under normal circumstances, ETC will repair or replace the equipment, at its discretion, for no additional charge. Should you choose to lease equipment, it will appear on your bill under the above heading.