Why is a phone line required when I’m only interested in internet services?

Westex Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Westex) is a rural telephone service provider regulated by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Federal Communications Commission. Westex receives high cost support and Texas Universal Service support based on the number of telephone lines served as well as the cost of providing those lines. Current law does not provide those types of support for Internet-only lines. A rural Westex customer can have an Internet-only line, but the regulations require that Westex charge what it actually costs to provide that service, which is currently more than $200.00 per month.