Category Archives: FCC

VOIP callers will Pay Universal Service Fee Taxes



Well I know what this means for Vonage customers, your bill is about to go up, and you will now be contributing to keep small rural telephone companies in business. You will be paying to support companies that are still trying to surcharge for touch tone services. The very companies you are routing around you will now indirectly have to give money to them.

What isn’t clear is how this is going to affect those of us that use Skype. I am sure they will have to comply as well, but seeing Skype calls terminating to land lines in the United States is free at the moment, it may not be a big deal till they end the promotion.

Since the FCC is going to charge that tax the FCC should put that money in a special fund to help build public owned infrastructure that the phone companies can not control. We are being taxed to support these phone companies that are about to divide the Internet into tool booths, in order for companies like Vonage to have access to their networks in order for their data to pass unrestricted through their networks.

This is shameful beyond words. [news.com.com]


FCC will support TV a la carte pricing



If TV executives where not shaking in their boots they need to be a upcoming FCC decision could change the landscape of programming options to pro-consumer. If I could pick and choose the channels I want to pay for on my cable box. The first thing to go would be all the home shopping networks, followed by all sports channels with a couple of exceptions. I would remove all of the cartoon networks, music networks and all channels that have any form of infomercial on them. I figure by the time I was done I would probably remove about 100 channels of crap and have left over several dozen channels that actually have programming on them. Since signing up for Netflix, HBO, Cinemax and Showtime have not been watched so I might as well cancel those anyway. If the FCC moves on this decision the TV industry is going to change overnight! [CNN]