3 thoughts on “The $3 Bogey”

  1. Actually, this is like the Microsoft settlement proposed by them in California. If the telcos can put money in the fund that they charge their urban users, they can try to control the process of build-out under their supervision and ownership in rural areas.

  2. These fees piss me off to no end….

    Like SBC they claim this is a “regulatory recovery” fee, but there’s nothing to recover. They were already paying into the USF, it didn’t increase, and even Verizon admits that some of the new fee simply goes toward business expenses…..

    They fail to include these fees above the line where they belong, it’s simply a way of raising rates and then blaming it on Uncle Sam. They’re like pouty spoiled brats. Deregulation? Lions are caged for a reason….

    I’d expect a law against these “fees that aren’t fees” soon if our lawmakers have any credibility left….

  3. I believe urban users have to subsidise the rural community. This has precedent in the form of the lineage of the USF for basic services. Of course, for VoIP it is a non-issue.

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