Fees On Your Phone Bill, Where Do The...

Fees On Your Phone Bill, Where Do They Really Go?

There are 21 comments on the Oklahoma Impact Team story from Jun 11, 2010, titled Fees On Your Phone Bill, Where Do They Really Go?. In it, Oklahoma Impact Team reports that:

Phone companies and Internet providers receive billions of dollars from a federal fund called the Federal Universal Service Fund, which is generated by consumers.

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Richard

Oklahoma City, OK

#1 Jun 11, 2010
Leave it alone. It looks to me like the Federal Universal Fund is doing what it is supposed to do---serve the people. Find the idiots who are taking copper out of the towers, please , Mr.Kushnick.
Robin Sage

Seminole, OK

#2 Jun 11, 2010
I don't remember which fee it is, but there is one that was instituted to help pay for WORLD WAR I. I can't help but wonder if we have paid for it yet....
Robin Sage

Seminole, OK

#3 Jun 11, 2010
If you think you can trust the government & politicians, ask a Native American....

Since: Jun 10

china

#4 Jun 11, 2010
That is the fee we need to pay.
just do it
What

Ava, MO

#5 Jun 11, 2010
"Phone companies and Internet providers receive billions of dollars from a federal fund called the Federal Universal Service Fund, which is generated by consumers."

"Than why are we paying so much for cellphone and landline services? Maybe those billions should go to the taxpayers to pay the outrageous rates and fees? And as for internet why is it then so many areas are without High Speed access after all these years?
Mike

Kingfisher, OK

#6 Jun 11, 2010
Working for a rural telecommunications company, I agree with Larry Jones, CFO of Chickasaw Holding Company. The cost of providing service to rural areas is very expensive. The cost to our customers would double if we didn't receive Universal Service funding. You could see a 30 dollar a month bill rise to 60 or 70 dollars a month without the funding and that doesn't include the cost of DSL service. DSL service would rise as would cellular service. In fact all customers of all telecommunications companies would see their monthly bills rise substantially. So customers living in Tulsa or Oklahoma City would not be spared a serious rate increase. Also remember, it also helps pay for part of the phone and internet service for many schools, rural hospitals and libraries. It often times picks up the tab for network upgrades as well. Here in the real world you're going to pay a small fees up front or you're going to pay a much higher bill on the backside. The lose of Universal Service funding would cripple rural telecommunication services not mention it would cripple small rural telecom companies across the nation. There is no easy solution, but eliminating the USF in not the solution.
Susie

United States

#7 Jun 11, 2010
I live in a small rural community. I thought the signals bounce off the satelite in outer space above the world. Each country has their own one. I may be mistaken. But all the digital world is using that system. I lived in Colorado before in the mountains. LOL I had cell service there. Talk to Boone Pickens and find out the real story.
vhill

Oklahoma City, OK

#8 Jun 13, 2010
I always wondered why they always tax
you to this state last name is tax
Andre

Norman, OK

#9 Jun 13, 2010
That is a crock. Universal Funding has only appeared in the last 15 years and only because of some vague federal mandate that was put into law. The phone companies were sure quick to take advantage of it for their own reasons.

It is kind of like the Rural Electrification Act, which is obsolete and should be done away with.
Mike wrote:
Working for a rural telecommunications company, I agree with Larry Jones, CFO of Chickasaw Holding Company. The cost of providing service to rural areas is very expensive. The cost to our customers would double if we didn't receive Universal Service funding. You could see a 30 dollar a month bill rise to 60 or 70 dollars a month without the funding and that doesn't include the cost of DSL service. DSL service would rise as would cellular service. In fact all customers of all telecommunications companies would see their monthly bills rise substantially. So customers living in Tulsa or Oklahoma City would not be spared a serious rate increase. Also remember, it also helps pay for part of the phone and internet service for many schools, rural hospitals and libraries. It often times picks up the tab for network upgrades as well. Here in the real world you're going to pay a small fees up front or you're going to pay a much higher bill on the backside. The lose of Universal Service funding would cripple rural telecommunication services not mention it would cripple small rural telecom companies across the nation. There is no easy solution, but eliminating the USF in not the solution.
Caren

Choctaw, OK

#10 Jun 15, 2010
I have 4 phones, we are taxed on each phone and also taxed on the actual bill itself. I don't think the phones should be taxed on if the bill is taxed.$10.00 per phone in taxes and 10.00 for the bill itself. A little much don't you think?
ACT test

Tarrytown, NY

#11 Jun 15, 2010
this is a test
Norma

Oklahoma City, OK

#12 Jun 15, 2010
I don't think that I should have to pay for everybodys service, if the want it let them pay fot it there self. I am having to pay for my own, I'm pissed offed about this, do away with it.
Lee

Guthrie, OK

#13 Jun 16, 2010
I was just thinking about this the other day. I call att about my internet and in the process the rep. ask me did I want a telephone from att. He stated he could get me service for $35 dollars for both internet and telephone service I said no. After all the taxes and fees my bill would be over $50 dollar's. I don't no about the unversal fund it does not help me my internet bill is going up $3.01 by july it is now $39 and by july it will be $42.01. Who is the fund helping.
Frank

Yukon, OK

#14 Jun 24, 2010
Again, as always, we are paying a fee for those who had a choice to live in areas that could not get the service. This is socialism at its best. I made a choice to live in the OKC area and now I have to pay for those who live in areas that service is hard to get. Those who make a choice to live in areas that services are unavailable, should not have to burden those in areas of where service is easy to get. I am not saying that those in areas of hard to get service should not have the service, but, they should have to pay the full cost of that service and not make those of us who made the choice to live the urban areas that can get the service at a reasonable cost, pay their fees. This also holds for those who are getting the $1.95 phone service. Again, socialism at work. I am on a fixed income and no matter what income level a person is, no one should have to support others service. Thanks.
T Brady

Sasakwa, OK

#15 Jun 29, 2010
Whatever happened to paying your own way? How many good projects ( health clinics, dental clinics, etc.) wouldn't be more helpful than internet service?????
GEM

Carmine, TX

#16 Jun 30, 2010
The fees on my landline phone are higher than the actual phone cost Phone $20.00 Fees $23.00
grrcattle

Oklahoma City, OK

#18 Jul 3, 2010
I love this country - It is the local; state and federal government I am afraid of!!!!!
Ajl

Oklahoma City, OK

#19 Jul 7, 2010
The Universal Service Program helps 99% of all Oklahoma Schools K-12 and Libraries pay for their Internet and phone services. If it was not for this fund then you would have to pay it some other way, such as the MAPS project or other Schools Bond Projects...these are just a few examples of the taxes that help our children's schools and libraries pay for internet and telecommunications. The program is great for Oklahoma Schools...Ask any Superintendent and they will tell you without it they would not be able to afford internet services.
Hokie Okie

Montgomery, AL

#20 Jul 8, 2010
Ajl wrote:
The Universal Service Program helps 99% of all Oklahoma Schools K-12 and Libraries pay for their Internet and phone services. If it was not for this fund then you would have to pay it some other way, such as the MAPS project or other Schools Bond Projects...these are just a few examples of the taxes that help our children's schools and libraries pay for internet and telecommunications. The program is great for Oklahoma Schools...Ask any Superintendent and they will tell you without it they would not be able to afford internet services.
Some computer experience is beneficial to students in these times. However people can get educated without them it is a luxuary. Many of the great minds of the past never had a computer.

Computers don't make us smarter they make us lazy.
Renee-Norman

Norman, OK

#21 Jul 8, 2010
All these programs sound like a good use of this federal funds(taxes)added to our phone bills monthly, but there still should be regular audits done to ensure these funds are being used accurately and properly. We're talking about a lot of funds, billons of dollars, and these funds are constantly is being increased under the guise of the federal Universal Service. How are the funds dissimminated into the public and private sector? How much of the funds go into federal grant programs and how are those programs regulated? Do all the funds collected in Oklahoma stay in Oklahoma?

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