Are Made-Up, Hidden, Broadcast-Sports Fees You Pay Quintuple-Taxed with Other Made-Up Fees?

  • “Made-Up Fee”, sometimes called “hidden fee”, is defined as —A deceptive charge added to the bill to increase the revenues but make it appear that it is an expense. The charge was never mandated by the government, not audited for accuracy, and the alleged expenses are part of ‘doing business as usual’ that should never have been a separate line item that has continual, excessive increases on residential and business communications bills, whether it be wireline or wireless, cable, broadband, internet or even satellite services.

“34% of lower-income home broadband users have had trouble paying for their service amid COVID-19.”

“In 43 states, that affordability gap accounts for the largest share of the digital divide, according to the EducationSuperHighway report. Issues around broadband affordability disproportionately affect low-income, Black, and Latinx communities.”

  • Question 1) How much does each service — phone, broadband and cable TV, actually cost?
  • Question 2) What taxes, fees and surcharges are applied to each service?
  • Question 3) How can the total bill be $214.74, (number 9), which is 37% added to the actual service costs?
  • Question 4) How many of these taxes, fees and surcharges are ‘made-up’ vs are mandated by the government?
  • Question 5) Why are there 3 identical “Regulatory Cost Recovery Fees”?
  • Question 6) Are these fees ‘mandated’ or made-up?
  • Question 7) What is each one being assessed against?
  • Question 8) The charge on the bill is for $2.41. What is it assessed against?
  • NOTE TO HELP: There is $8.89 in interstate revenues that is supposed to be charged this Universal Service Fund. — i.e.; the $2.41 represented 27.1% of a total amount — which comes to $8.89.
  • Question 9) Which of the items listed in the boxes are also being charged to the Broadcast and Sports Fees? A) Franchise Fee, B) Universal Service, C) Cost Recovery Fees 1, 2 or 3, D) State and Local Taxes, E) Telecom Excise Taxes, F) Misc. Taxes and Fees, including McTD186e, Peg Access, State USF, or E911?

§ Spectrum, Understanding Your Bill: Taxes, Fees and Charges or

§ Taxes, Fees and Other Charges

  • We Conclude: These made-up fees are revenues to the companies as are the Cost Recovery Fees, and they are expenses to the customer. The companies are using these bizarre and convoluted layers of deceptive charges as a way of hiding the basic flows of revenue — deceptive layers that nickel, dime and quarter all of America’s communications.
  • We Conclude: The Broadcast fee and Sports fee should never have been allowed to be charged and whatever is actually valid should be part of the advertised cost of service.
  • We can’t tell if the Broadcast fee and Sport fee are treated as two separate entities that both charge or get charged for each of these fees.
  • Two Regulatory Cost Recovery Fees: There are 3 cost recovery made-up fees being applied; most likely 2 of them are attached to the made-up Broadcast and Sports fees — bogus tax on bogus surcharges should be illegal.
  • Two Franchise fee additions. These Broadcast and Sport fees may be part of the increasing of the franchise fee and are considered ‘revenues’; and this needs to be stopped immediately.
  • We can’t tell if a portion of the Universal Service Fund is being charged to these two fees.
  • Two fees for state and local taxes? We believe that these fees are paying state and local taxes and excise taxes, but can’t tell if they are combined or one or more taxes are applied as one of the separate taxes.
  • Component parts of the Broadcast TV fee or Sports fee or both. In the end, we have no way of knowing what exactly is being taxed of either fee, or are they just using the total amount?

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New Networks Institute,Executive Director, & Founding Member, IRREGULATORS; Telecom analyst for 38 years, and I have been playing the piano for 63 years.

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New Networks Institute,Executive Director, & Founding Member, IRREGULATORS; Telecom analyst for 38 years, and I have been playing the piano for 63 years.

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