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Verizon imposes new DSL surcharge
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Written by Gizmo   
Tuesday, 22 August 2006 18:32

BusinessWeek is reporting that Verizon is getting ready to increase DSL prices to its customers; yes, I said INCREASE prices.  However, this is a 'stealth' increase.  The government last year (that would be your, yes YOUR representatives and senators, not just mine) voted to deregulate the telecommunications industry.  As a consequence, certain taxes that were hidden in your DSL bill are going away.  That's all well and good; I tend to be generally in favor of the government staying out of things.  Every time the government gets involved in something it becomes a bloody mess.  But guess what Verizon has decided to do?

Verizon is enacting a rate increase that is almost exactly equivalent to the amount that they are no longer paying the government in taxes.  Verizon is enacting this rate increase at almost exactly the same time that the tax is set to expire.  Sound a little convenient?

I thought so. 

However, because the increase in price coincides with the reduction in taxes, the consumer will see a net effect of NOTHING in their rates.  That's why I call it a 'stealth' increase, rates that should have dropped because of the tax reduction will end up remaining unchanged.

So, why should the customer care?  After all, it isn't affecting them, right?

Wrong.

If you don't start complaining, and right now, then what will happen is that instead of using that money to improve your services, Verizon will pocket that money.  It will go to CTOs, CEOs, and share-holders, people who neither know of nor care about you in any way, shape, or form, except as a source of income for them.

Now, don't get me wrong; I'm all for making an honest buck.  You do that by rendering a good product or service at an equitable price.  This, however, is so brazen that it smacks of open contemp; you are TOO STUPID to know better and even if you do, you are TOO LAZY to stop them, so their thinking goes.  And you know what?   If you let them get away with this:

THEY ARE RIGHT

If you are a Verizon customer, contact your Representatives and Senators .  Contact the Federal Communications Commission.  And contact Verizon.  Make sure that Verizon understands that the money they get from this had BETTER be going to improve services, or you want it back.

 
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