Everything was just going along as usual last week, what with Verizon and BellSouth adding in some sketchy fees to DSL bills that just happened to be about the same amount as the USF recovery fees they'd been allowed to drop. Then, BellSouth dropped its fee, which could be explained by its desire not to cause too much of a stir with its merger with AT&T still waiting to be approved. But things got a little weird when word came that telcos and cable companies had realized that maybe they should treat customers better, and now there's another possible sign of impending apocalypse: FCC Commissioner Kevin Martin is apparently "furious" with a telco (via Broadband Reports). Yes, this is the same Kevin Martin who's never met a big telco he couldn't help out, and now he's said to be pretty upset with Verizon's shifty new fee. It remains to be seen if this anger will actually turn into anything, or if it's just another attempt by the FCC to merely appear concerned. In any case, Verizon execs probably can't wait for December to get here, so they can sing Martin Happy Birthday and return things to normal. Until then, be on the lookout for driverless cars, any undue pestilence or other signals of the end times from the telecom market.
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