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Verizon Tacks New $1 Fee on to FiOS Voice Bills
by Karl Bode 04:20PM Monday Jun 02 2014 Tipped by bighank See Profile
While Verizon's FiOS service once paved the trail for quality, the last few years have seen the company and service pave new trails when it comes to price hikes and the addition of a wide variety of new fees. The latest, according to users in both our forums and over at the official Verizon support forums, is a "FDV Administrative Charge" that has recently shown up on Verizon FiOS customer bills. The cost, applied to the voice portion of the bill, isn't government mandated and "helps defray account servicing costs associated with providing voice services." Such fees allow companies to raise rates while keeping advertised rates the same.


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Huh? I've never seen a gas station that didn't advertise the per gallon price.

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If the government can force airlines to advertise the actual ticket price (including all taxes and fees), then why can't they force the internet providers?
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Shouldn't this be the FTC's job, not FCC? "Account servicing costs" are a cost of doing business. No reason it shouldn't be included in the service price and not doing so is simply deceptive.

(Same with CenturyLink's "Internet cost recovery fee" to "cover the costs of maintaining the network"? What... I thought that's what the service price was supposed to cover?)


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reply to Greg2600
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how is this legal?

It's legal because the current chairman of the FCC was a former cable lobbyist, and the FCC doesn't give 2 shits about protecting the ISP's customers.