BellSouth — Greedy Bastiges (Not So Much Now)

In the 19th century, Congress created a universal service fund to ensure fair pricing of telephone services across rural and urban areas. In 1996, Congress expanding the application of the USF in a way that made it apply to DSL service. But, recently, the FCC began classifying DSL service in a way that lawfully exempted DSL from the USF charge. Therefore, DSL users, like users of cable internet services, no longer have to pay the USF.

Did BellSouth cut out the USF and drop the rate? No, BellSouth created a new charge of almost the same amount as the USF and is pocketing the money. According to Ars Technica:

BellSouth will simply keep its $2.97 monthly fee, and keep calling it a “regulatory cost recovery fee.


  1. Bill Simon says:

    Yes, But I’m sure Stan Wise would continue to support their monopoly prescence…hell, he would only be able to rely on goodies and donations from AGL if BellSouth was deregulated.

  2. Eddie T says:

    And it’s why I use Speakeasy for my DSL. I don’t use a landline phone, so need for Bellsouth there.

    At last some bipartisanship. I will always be willing to reach across the aisle to concur with my colleagues that Bellsouth does, indeed, suck.

  3. Chris says:

    I had speakeasy for my DSL till those ‘tards at Bellsloth disconnected the line. Gave up on DSL and went with Charter, which is so-so.

  4. Chris says:

    Behold the power of Peach Pundit…..

    I still consider them a terrorist organization (like Al Qaeda and the TSA) and want them all wiped off the face of the earth.

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