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Packet8 Joins 'Unfee' Trend

Jack Decker (jack-yahoogroups@withheld_on_request)
Fri, 15 Apr 2005 10:54:28 -0400

Packet8 Joins 'Unfee' Trend; $1.50 'Regulatory Recovery Fee' in May

Like the wireless companies and landline incumbents before them, the
VoIP industry has slowly succumbed to adding "regulatory recovery
fees" to their bills. These aren't official government mandated fees,
they're simply rate hikes disguised as fees so you'll blame Uncle Sam
instead of the company responsible. Packet8 is the latest to employ
this tactic, and will begin adding a $1.50 regulatory recovery fee on
your bills effective May 1.

[Comment: As many of you know, I think this is a particularly sleazy
tactic that allows companies to advertise one price but actually
charge another. I think it is absolutely wrong and constitutes
deceptive advertising, and I wish that the attorney generals of some
of the states would get together and sue the companies that engage in
this practice. If you want to raise your rates, then raise your
rates, but don't just make up bogus fees that you are not required to
charge and tack them on to get a defacto rate increase, while still
advertising the lower price.]

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