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Verizon Value Update

It didn't take long for federal regulators to react to Verizon's new supplier surcharge.

Reuters and Wall Street Journal Online report that the Federal Communications Commission will send a "letter of inquiry" to Verizon, seeking an explanation for the new fee on its DSL customers. The fee replaces a government Universal Service Fund surcharge that ended this month.

Both Reuters and WSJ Online said Bell South will also receive an inquiry letter. While that company has not imposed a surcharge, it is continuing to charge $2.97 a month, equivalent to the old USF fee, on high-speed Internet service.

FCC spokesman Clyde Ensslin said he could not confirm or deny any investigation. However, he said: "The Commission takes its obligation to protect consumers very seriously. Consumers must be provided with clear and non-misleading information so they may accurately assess the services for which they are being charged and the cost associated with those services."

By  |  August 25, 2006; 4:05 PM ET Consumer News
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I'm glad the FCC is asking Verizon for an explanation for this added fee. We'll see what comes of it.

Posted by: ProfessorB | August 28, 2006 7:21 AM

Antoher reason why i'm glad i'm a comcast customer with Vonage phone service. However, the cost of comcast isn't much better than verizon.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2006 12:32 PM

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