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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 See Profile
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 See Profile), 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:
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...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.


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