Problem #878


Chandra pays an on-line service provider a fixed monthly fee plus an hourly charge for connect time. Her December bill was $$12.48$, but in January her bill was $$17.54$ because she used twice as much connect time as in December. What is the fixed monthly fee?

$\mathrm{(A)} $2.53 \qquad\mathrm{(B)} $5.06 \qquad\mathrm{(C)} $6.24 \qquad\mathrm{(D)} $7.42 \qquad\mathrm{(E)} $8.77$

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