So, today I got my home telephone bill. Still wondering why I have a landline -- I have cable internet and a great cell phone plan. But I can't seem to let go of the landline - in case of a storm or something that knocks out cell service, I guess. I use my cell phone quite extensively - almost exclusively actually.
On my home telephone, I have had a single line + Caller ID. Considering I get like 5 calls per month that are not sales calls, I decided to cancel that Caller ID service and just use my answering machine to screen out the sales calls (plus, save a little money). In reviewing my bill this time to ensure that they had taken off the Caller ID service, I realized a rather upsetting fact: the TAXES and SURCHARGES are more than the cost of the service!
There are Texas fees, taxes and fund reimbursements; Federal fees and taxes; and two "access surcharges." The largest surcharge is a Network Access Surcharge that is $6.50!
My question is this: is it because I have my local phone service through MCI, rather than Southwestern Bell? (Don't ask me why I have MCI - I can't even remember.) Am I wrong to think that it is unreasonable and completely ludicrous that the taxes are more than the service fee?
I'd really be interested to see if you all also have this fee on your telephone bill (especially you Texas folks). So, please weigh in, if you'd like, on who your provider is and if you have this ridiculous charge on your bill.