Verizon Taxes Its Customers

Folks, the wise men say that you should pay attention to your phone bill and read all the fine print. If you don’t there is a good chance you might actually be getting stiffed. Verizon DSL-only customers are finding out that just about now.

Earlier this month, Verizon Online (the DSL business) stopped charging the FUSF (Federal Universal Service Fund) recovery fee. A ruling said so. Verizon and other phone companies had asked the Federal Communications Commission to deregulate DSL service, and classify it as an information service. As a result customers could save between $1.25 to $2.83 a month.

Good news right? Nope – Verizon is going to charge a “supplier surcharge.” Think of it as a dictator imposing a new tax, just because he can. The company has the nerve to say that they are charging this tax, I mean surcharge – between $1.20 and $2.70 a month – to help offset the costs from a very mysterious network supplier.

Good lord – that’s like Exxon asking you to pay a few pennies more so that they can pay for actual gas stations. Doublespeak and a desperate attempt to pay for those pesky price cuts? Still, What is Verizon’s justification?

Bobby Henson, a Verizon spokeswoman, cited “new costs that we’ve developed over the past year as we’ve been developing and delivering this standalone DSL service. That service doesn’t have the benefit of the revenue that was coming in from voice.”


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