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Subject:  Re: Don't Let Your Phone Company Screw You Date:  7/8/2001  2:10 PM
Author:  JoycePieritz Number:  44695 of 756395

If you use ATT check your long distance bill. You might notice a 9.9% (yes percent!!) surcharge labeled "Universal connectivity charge" The bill I got last week said to call a number for an explanation, which I did. Ready for the explanation?

Well, it seems the nasty old government requires the phone companies to help provide funds for service to folks who live in out-of-the-way areas, and this costs money, so, being the philanthropists they are, ATT charges you 9.9% of your loing-distance bill to cover their costs.

Let me guess, if I talk a lot, all that extra money goes to the government to provide rural areas with phone service? Do you really think it does? I don't!! What a rip-off!!!

Joyce
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