A short while ago…
- Big Telephone Companies: (In unison to Congress) “If you eliminate the Universal Service Fund regulatory charge on DSL it’ll be a big benefit for consumers!”
Congress: “OK. Done. It’s gone.”
Verizon: (To Customers) “Good news! You no longer will be charged the USF fee on your bills! Though, by a complete coincidence, we’re introducing a new Supplier Surcharge Fee that just happens to be almost exactly the same as the old USF fee except we keep the money instead of giving it to the government. No, these two events aren’t related. Why would you think that?”
Bellsouth: “Fuck it. We’re not even going to try and pretend. We’re just going to keep charging you the same fee using the same name it had previously and just pocket the money. Fuck you if you don’t like it.”
At the moment AT&T and Qwest aren’t following the lead of the above two companies, but that probably won’t last long.