[PLUG-TALK] TelCo bills

Larry Brigman larry.brigman at gmail.com
Mon Apr 29 21:17:38 PDT 2019

And about every other year(or 3?), I call Frontier and get a higher speed
service and lower fees.

On Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 9:15 PM Larry Brigman <larry.brigman at gmail.com>

> Multiple years ago after getting a faster than DSL ISP service, I switched
> to a VOIP provider.
> That dropped my phone bill to ~10 /month.  About 3 years ago, I shopped
> around as the old
> VOIP provider was going up the bill.  I swapped over to voip.ms.
> I have been happy the Canada provider with provisioning offices multiple
> US locations.
> I now only pay monthly for the DID number (for incoming calls) and the
> e-911 service.
> Other than that, I pay by the call.  Since you put money on an account, I
> only refill the account
> about 3-4 months with $25.  It has been rock solid except for the ISP
> outages which are few
> and far between.
> https://voip.ms/en/rates/united-states
> On Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 8:38 PM Russell Senior <russell at personaltelco.net>
> wrote:
>> >>>>> "Rich" == Rich Shepard <rshepard at appl-ecosys.com> writes:
>> Rich> My landline/internet service is provided by Frontier Comm. and the
>> Rich> bills increase every month. The customer service rep checked my
>> Rich> statements from last September and said the only increases are in
>> Rich> the various fees and taxes added by everyone from municipalities
>> Rich> to the federal government.
>> Rich> Is everyone seeing these monthly increases, too?
>> It is important to bear in mind that there is no price regulation
>> whatsoever on internet service. They can charge whatever they want. Your
>> choice is to subscribe or not. Further, there is a federal prohibition
>> on taxing internet access. There may be fees added on your telephone
>> service, but passing them on to you is the carrier's choice, not the
>> government's. I was being charged $7-ish/month by Centurylink for an
>> extended service area (e.g. North Plains), despite already paying for
>> nationwide long distance. All of their innovation occurs in their
>> billing department.
>> --
>> Russell Senior, President
>> russell at personaltelco.net
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