New long-distance telephone charges
Many consumers will be seeing a new 99-cent charge on their telephone bills.
Sprint calls it a "Carrier Cost Recovery Charge". AT&T calls it a
"Regulatory Assessment Fee". MCI already has two similar fees - a "Carrier
Cost Recovery Charge" and a "Property Tax Surcharge" - which add up to 2.8
percent of a customer's long-distance charges. AT&T also has a charge called
an "Intrastate Connection Fee" of $1.95 per month for in-state long distance
in Pennsylvania. These fees are in addition to the other federal and state
surcharges on the bill.
The new fees show as separate charges. That way, they do not increase the
per-minute rate or long-distance plan's monthly fee.
Neither state nor federal regulators require long-distance companies to have
their long-distance charges approved. Federal rules require that all
long-distance companies give customers at least 30 days notice of any rate
changes or new charges.
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