Through August 14, Verizon DSL had been charging many of its customers a fee of $1.25 or $2.83, a contribution to a fund benefiting service in lower-income and rural areas. The government charged this required fee to Verizon, and Verizon passed along the cost to the customers.
After August 14, the government stopped charging Verizon this fee, but the company is still “passing along” the cost to customers. It will use the proceeds to “subsidize connection costs” rather than duplicate the former government fund.
Consumerist had the scoop, and CNN is reporting it now.
Updated February 10, 2011 and originally published August 22, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.