One of my goals for the month of July is to take a good hard look at my cable bill and see what the heck is really going on. We signed up with our cable company back in January when we moved, and have just been paying the bill dutifully every month, like a good customer should.
However, our bill is in the three digit range, and I am not too happy with that. Now I should mention that the “deal” we signed up for, was for their quote un-quote “bundling” package. Phone, internet, and cable all neatly tied up in a bow!
So, I sat down on the couch and perused our cable bill…and I was a bit taken back. Not by the charge for the landline. Not for the charge for the internet or cable. No, what made my mouth drop open was the full-page of fees and taxes. What the…
Don’t believe me? Here are the fees and taxes that we are currently paying unbeknownst to yours truly:
- Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge Tax
- Universal Lifeline Tel Serv Program
- Relay Service & Communication Device Fund
- High Cost Fund Surcharge A
- High Cost B Surcharge
- Fusf-federal Universal Service Fund
- CTF Teleconnect Fund Surcharge
- Regulatory Recovery-State
- Regulatory Recovery Fee – Federal
- Regulatory Recovery Fee Cable – Federal
- Utility User Tax – Residential Video
- FCC Regulatory Fee – Voice
- Utility User Tax – Communication
- PEG Municipal Capital Fee
- Franchise Fee
What is all this? Nowhere in my bill does it offer any descriptions as to what these fees mean. I can guess (maybe) but I really don’t know. I am also aware that there is probably nothing I can do about these fees/taxes, but I am astounded that these charges amount to anywhere from an extra $12 – $15 every month.
As for the bundling package of cable/internet/phone, I am going to have to delve into this a bit deeper. Apparently, we are already receiving a discount for signing up for the bundle of awesomeness and no other discounts can be applied. So say the cable
supreme rulers customer service reps.
I will do some research into other cable companies and see if their rates for “bundling” are lower than what I already pay. I hope so…cause the High Cost Surcharge B fee is really rubbing me the wrong way.