AT&T Imposes New 'Mobility Administrative Fee'
Yet Another Sleazy Below-The-Line Fee to Jack Up Service Price
by Karl Bode 10:47AM Friday Apr 19 2013 Tipped by lacibaci
AT&T wireless users are being informed that they'll be charged yet another service fee starting in May. According to the notification (sent to me by Broadband Reports reader lacibaci
), AT&T in May will begin charging users a $0.61 "Mobility Administrative Fee" for Consumer and Individual Responsibility User (IRU) lines. What exactly does the "Mobility Administrative Fee do? According to the AT&T website
, the fee:
...helps defray certain expenses AT&T incurs, including but not limited to: (a) charges AT&T or its agents pay to interconnect with other carriers to deliver calls from AT&T customers to their customers; and (b) charges associated with cell site rents and maintenance.
In other words, like so many telecom fees, AT&T is taking the normal costs of business and placing them in a below-the-line fee. Such a practice allows companies to jack up the cost of service without raising advertised rates. It's technically false advertising and absolutely anti-consumer, but it's something regulators have ignored for years despite constant proclamations that they're dedicated to transparency
and fighting predatory pricing practices.