This past Saturday, I blogged about receiving my email from Verizon (my DSL carrier) stating that it was going to increase its monthly fees from $1.25 a month to $2.83 a month. The surcharge was set to be imposed based on the elimination of the Federal Universal Service Fund, that had been in place to help subsidize access to rural and low-income communities.
In a (to me) surprising reversal, a big win for consumer advocate groups, and a credit to Verizon, press reports reveal that it is now dropping its DSL fee, following a Federal Communications Commission inquiry into the adopted fee.
For more, read the following articles (via Benton Foundation Headlines):
- Verizon drops plans for new surcharge on DSL bills, USA Today
- Verizon Drops DSL Fee, Washington Post
- Verizon Drops DSL Fee Plan, LA Times