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Submission + - DSL surcharge plan abandoned by major carriers

thedletterman writes: "In a USA TODAY Artice http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/telecom/2 006-08-30-verizon-surcharge_x.htm?csp=34 Verizon and Bellsouth, under pressure from the Federal Communications Commission, dropped plans to collect a new surcharge on DSL Internet lines. Verizon's about-face marked a second victory for the FCC. The agency's dissatisfaction with the fee caused BellSouth to stop collecting the surcharge last week.

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said in a statement that he was pleased that both Verizon and BellSouth have eliminated the new fees. "The continued deployment of broadband at affordable prices for consumers remains my top priority as chairman," he said.

Perhaps there is still hope for the FCC."

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