BellSouth Adds New Fee To Pay For The Non-Fee They No Longer Need To Collect

from the please-explain-this-one dept

Remember Verizon's doublespeak efforts in explaining their new extra fee for DSL subscribers this week? This was their new "supplier surcharge," which is almost exactly the same as the now ended Universal Service Fee (USF). It turns out the fact that the amounts are nearly the same and one ends just as the other begins is a mere coincidence. BellSouth, on the other hand, couldn't even be bothered to pretend that any new fee is unrelated to the end of the USF. They've announced that they'll just keep on charging the exact same amount on everyone's bill and will pocket it. It won't even be called a "supplier surcharge" either. They're not even trying to hide it. BellSouth is calling it a "regulatory cost recovery fee," which is what they used to call it as well. Of course, there's no more regulation, so there's no more regulatory cost to recover. So, how does BellSouth explain that? Well, you see, it's "to offset costs incurred in complying with regulatory obligations and other expenses. The fee also recovers costs associated with additional systems necessitated by federal regulation, as well as costs associated with monitoring, participating in and complying with regulatory proceedings, and other network and servicing requirements." I've read that twenty times already, and I still don't know what they're saying, other than they don't really care, they just want to keep the money. The article also notes that when the telcos lobbied to be let out from having to pay into the USF system on DSL, part of the argument was that it would benefit consumers -- when the reality is that these two telcos have used it as an opportunity to shaft consumers. The article does point out that neither AT&T nor Qwest are continuing the fee, but that could always change once they see what their friends are doing.

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    Tony Dockery, 4 Jul 2007 @ 5:26am

    Greed and Dishonesty is the norm

    Now first of all I signed up for verizons family plan advertised as $35 month so I’m like ok I can afford this so like an Idiot I signed up got the insurance package which brought it up to $45 free phone and supposedly free activation. But what they don’t tell you is they have surcharges that are not taxes they keep the money and the government allows them to charge you this (somebody paid a few congressmen and senators I’m sure for that privilege) and the extra charges are not listed as part of the plan when you are signing up. Now this being said my first bill was $173 dollars I came unglued but I paid it... next bill was $85 so now my $45 month phone bill was to be $85 month (and I never used up my minutes either) I’m pissed cause the surcharges which they really hose you down on to pay for there cell towers are killing me..I can buy a prepaid cell phone cheaper than verizons well advertised family plan and if they had any honesty to them I would have been told that before I bought into there scheme. I told them to stick it in there ear 2 months I had already paid them for this so called free phone...Thats why they offer this free stuff ..ha-ha well nothing in life is free and cell phones carriers are greed barons only the wealthy or business's can afford the crap and that’s who they feed off of the rest of us can eat dirt. Doesn’t matter how good the service is when your wallet is getting greased they can afford to kiss your butt to make you happy....and one more thing I wish the
    Government would get out of this charging their stupid fees it only adds to the misery of it all...if they was doing anything to earn that money they would at least have set prices
    for all states and not let each state charge what they want ,this way phone bills would be easier to read. more standardized. The way they list the charges is evident that they try to hide them so as not to look so obvious Go to verizons website and short of actually calling them(and you still wont find out ) see if you can find all those hidden charges I couldn’t they do not tell you period until you get your first bill and then its to late to cancel…greed and dishonesty prevails in all the monopolies the billions they make goes a
    long way towards lining crooked politicians pockets. its a vicious circle in which the only ones who suffer are the individuals. Even though it will go on my credit report I refused to pay them I will still suffer for it but ill be dammed if I will play their game. I can live just fine without a cell phone.

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