TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Dropping LD Carrier, PICC/Ridiculous Taxes Still Abound?

Dropping LD Carrier, PICC/Ridiculous Taxes Still Abound?

B. Wright (
Tue, 12 Sep 2006 23:44:05 UTC

It's been some time since I have had any type of analog phone service
so maybe someone here can help me out. I'm looking at a family
member's phone bill right now and AT&T seems to be robbing them of
about $11/month for nothing but horrible long distance rates. Most of
these are recurring charges for things like: $2.99/mo for the
priveledge of them sending you a bill! To give you an idea of the
extortionate (in relation to todays market) rates, a call to Hawaii
was charged at .41/minute!

To cut it short, they almost never use long distance and if they put
the approximately $120-132/year they're being charged for nothing
towards a calling card it would yield thousands of minutes of long
distance calls. I do remember in past though that there were absurd
taxes that the LD carrier collected and to my knowledge passed on to
the local carrier, like the PICC. Once you dropped long distance
completely from the line the local carrier decided it was still
entitled to that money and then tacked it onto your phone bill as
additional taxes. Is this still the case or will dropping the LD
service completely elimate all charges associated with the LD portion
of the bill without adding on to the local charges/taxes?

If this is one of the locale specific questions, then the area service
in question is Utah.

Any info appreciated.

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