reply to PhoenixDown
Re: We need a law to stop this mis-taxation. Isn't there a law or two already? I see this as misrepresentation or false advertisement and unfair business practice. What is this, DSL service of only $29.95/month + $15 in fees? Are there cases when a subscriber does not have to pay the fees to get the service? No. If one cannot get the service for $29.95/month then it is not only $29.95/month.
This should be like negotiating the price of a car. What is the price out the door or the bottom line? Don't care about bank fees, destination charges, etc. just give me the out-of-pocket figure. Or better yet, like buying gasoline, all taxes (there are plenty) are already included. What you see is what you pay.
The difference is there is no competition and frankly no regulation (enforcemnt of the law) of any useful kind on telecom.