The Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. plans to ask Maryland's regulatory agency on Monday for permission to charge residential customers 20 cents for each directory assistance call after a maximum of 12 each month.
Champe C. McCulloch, a spokesman for the C&P Telephone Co., of Maryland, said the company also plans to request a rate reduction of 30 cents a month for residential customers.
A 10-cent charge for each directory assistance call after a maximum of six each month has been in effect in Virginia for more than a year, telephone company spokesmen said.
A proposal is pending before the D.C. Public Service Commission under which District of Columbia residents would pay 20 cents a call after a maximum of three directory assistance calls a month.
Exempt from the charges under the various proposals are households where any family member has a visual or physical handicap preventing use of the directory. Also exempt are calls from coin telephones and telephones in hospitals, hotesl and motels, company spokesmen said.
In Maryland, business customers would be allotted a maximum of three directory assistance calls a month before charges would be imposed, according to the company.
The company's proposal follows passage last year by the Maryland legislature of a measure providing for a monthly allowance of 12 directory information calls from residences before charges could be imposed.
The proposal before the D.C. Public Service Commission includes a plan to reduce residential bills by 52 cents a month. A C&P spokesman said the proposals are designed to curb the rising cost of directory assistance service rather than increase company revenues.
He said charges are now imposed in about 20 other states.