Following Your Phone Bill Fees

Following Your Phone Bill Fees

There are 43 comments on the Oklahoma Impact Team story from Jun 10, 2010, titled Following Your Phone Bill Fees. 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 The fund subsidizes rural phone companies and it helps provide discounts to some customers.

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Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#1 Jun 10, 2010
This is a tax for low income people and those in rural areas and schools.
First, schools already receive property tax money. Second, if you live in a rural area to escape the city, don't expect the city to come to you via my money, and third, if I want to pay for welfare it should be my choice.
slimjim

Tulsa, OK

#2 Jun 11, 2010
All fees are not taxable. There eax free.
Old Republican

United States

#3 Jun 11, 2010
I agree with #1. People decide on a rural/country lifestyle by choice. I live in a city so I can enjoy services often times not available in those areas and I pay the price for doing so.
me again

Wann, OK

#4 Jun 11, 2010
AT&T does not have "high cost" because they serve areas with hundreds of customers per mile, in the rural areas the cost is higher because of fewer customers per mile. A lot of the people who choose to live in a rural area provide those delicious angus steaks, or juicy pork chops that you run to the corner market to buy. And they deserve the same service and opportunities that everyone else does. BTW, they have to pay 'city sales tax' when they go to town to buy their boots, yet they don't get much good out of 'city' services.
alex bell

Paris, AR

#5 Jun 11, 2010
One of the many reasons I dropped my land line.

Since: Jun 08

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#6 Jun 11, 2010
alex bell wrote:
One of the many reasons I dropped my land line.
It's on the internet and cell phone bills too. Unless you want to communicate by U.S. mail--you still pay the fee.
reality

Oklahoma City, OK

#7 Jun 11, 2010
The average rural phone bill is $14? I couldn't get a basic land line for any less than $30 here in the city. Apparently there's room to lower this ridiculous fee.
reality

Oklahoma City, OK

#8 Jun 11, 2010
me again wrote:
AT&T does not have "high cost" because they serve areas with hundreds of customers per mile, in the rural areas the cost is higher because of fewer customers per mile. A lot of the people who choose to live in a rural area provide those delicious angus steaks, or juicy pork chops that you run to the corner market to buy. And they deserve the same service and opportunities that everyone else does. BTW, they have to pay 'city sales tax' when they go to town to buy their boots, yet they don't get much good out of 'city' services.
Yeah and the money we pay for your pork chops and steaks derives tax revenue for your local county or town so what's your point? I don't see any benefit from your county or town services. You provide a service just like the people in the city do so NO you don't deserve to be subsidized because you live in a rural area. If it cost more for a land line there then you should pay more. I didn't get a subsidy for my house because it was in a more populated area which makes land prices higher.
muskogee county

Tulsa, OK

#9 Jun 11, 2010
But broadband is still not available in all rural areas. I live about 1-2miles outside city limits and cannot get ATT high speed.
Eddie

United States

#10 Jun 11, 2010
folks take it from someone that worked for the telecommunications companies your bills are full of the company getting back the money the city, county, and federal governments are charging them by the way do you really think it costs 20 something a month for you to watch HBO or that they charge you a 911 charge on your cell phone which cant tell them were you are
Former Librarian

Broken Arrow, OK

#11 Jun 11, 2010
I used to be a librarian and, therefore, was once the beneficiary of the Universal Service Fund. It's a con game. A tax by any other name is still a tax and it's basic premise is ultimately a socialist one. Take from those who have and give to those who have not. I've been on both ends of this game; having worked for an organization who received the funds and also being a consumer who pays the (fee)tax. Plainly put, consumers are being ripped off.
Grandma

United States

#12 Jun 12, 2010
HELLO! It's time for the phone and TV service providers to wake up! I'm tired of the extra fees and hidden taxes on my AT&T phone bill AND my Direct TV. I have a landline and never use it so I've been shopping for a cell phone. I just want a basic phone from AT&T (and not plastic) that I can say hello and good-bye. Can't find one. I'm forced to buy the data package that I can't afford and don't need. The phone companies are a rip off and need to be audited. There needs to be a change in their systems and they need to keep in mind the older folks and under priviledged people who need a means of communication when planning their phone packages. There are millions of Americans who simply cannot afford $100 plus a month for a phone or a TV service. If they would get rid of all the hidden fees and taxes then maybe everyone would be able to purchase them. Then what would that mean? More money.....DUH!

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#13 Jun 13, 2010
alex bell wrote:
One of the many reasons I dropped my land line.
Yep, all utilities that are monopolys have these little hidden charges..........we used to have laws against monopolys, but they pay a lot of money into the coffers of the utility commissioners and politicians election funds.
XSVTOYZ

Irvine, CA

#14 Jun 13, 2010
yes we need more free stuff for people who don't want to work
Bodidly

United States

#15 Jun 13, 2010
reality wrote:
The average rural phone bill is $14? I couldn't get a basic land line for any less than $30 here in the city. Apparently there's room to lower this ridiculous fee.
I did the same thing... I dropped all the fancy stuff and I still have a bill of 30 or more dollars.. I think now it is more than 30... just a simple land line... over 9 dollars is just taxes
Bodidly

United States

#16 Jun 13, 2010
Grandma wrote:
HELLO! It's time for the phone and TV service providers to wake up! I'm tired of the extra fees and hidden taxes on my AT&T phone bill AND my Direct TV. I have a landline and never use it so I've been shopping for a cell phone. I just want a basic phone from AT&T (and not plastic) that I can say hello and good-bye. Can't find one. I'm forced to buy the data package that I can't afford and don't need. The phone companies are a rip off and need to be audited. There needs to be a change in their systems and they need to keep in mind the older folks and under priviledged people who need a means of communication when planning their phone packages. There are millions of Americans who simply cannot afford $100 plus a month for a phone or a TV service. If they would get rid of all the hidden fees and taxes then maybe everyone would be able to purchase them. Then what would that mean? More money.....DUH!
Go to verizon or another cell phone company... att is the worst for dropped calls...that was what the list reported a few months back

Since: Jun 08

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#17 Jun 13, 2010
Grandma wrote:
HELLO! It's time for the phone and TV service providers to wake up! I'm tired of the extra fees and hidden taxes on my AT&T phone bill AND my Direct TV. I have a landline and never use it so I've been shopping for a cell phone. I just want a basic phone from AT&T (and not plastic) that I can say hello and good-bye. Can't find one. I'm forced to buy the data package that I can't afford and don't need. The phone companies are a rip off and need to be audited. There needs to be a change in their systems and they need to keep in mind the older folks and under priviledged people who need a means of communication when planning their phone packages. There are millions of Americans who simply cannot afford $100 plus a month for a phone or a TV service. If they would get rid of all the hidden fees and taxes then maybe everyone would be able to purchase them. Then what would that mean? More money.....DUH!
Come to think of it.. if you want a simple cell phone, I bought a TracFone when I travelled to Montana and it's just basic phone & text for a simple price and no contract and no taxes. Check it out on the internet, it's not too bad.
Grandma

Coweta, OK

#18 Jun 14, 2010
FancyOne wrote:
<quoted text>Come to think of it.. if you want a simple cell phone, I bought a TracFone when I travelled to Montana and it's just basic phone & text for a simple price and no contract and no taxes. Check it out on the internet, it's not too bad.
I've had Tracfone for 4 years. Not bad service but their phones are "cheap" made. My Motorola has a loud ring but not loud enough when I'm in the car. Miss alot of calls there and in my purse. Grandma isn't hard of hearing but I can't hear callers conversations alot of times. Any suggestions on a reliable Tracfone?
Grandma

Coweta, OK

#19 Jun 14, 2010
Bodidly wrote:
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Go to verizon or another cell phone company... att is the worst for dropped calls...that was what the list reported a few months back
Had a Verizon cell phone in Southern Illinois and it dropped calls continually. I had to stand outside in the yard to talk on it and it would always drop the call. I like to froze to death standing the yard like that. Never again will I buy service from Verizon.
OTHER

Tulsa, OK

#20 Jun 14, 2010
Is it public record as to how much each phone company recieves thru the USF?

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