Month: February 2010

WTF – Vonage hikes bogus fees

Take a look at this, I got my billing notification and noticed it was a couple dollars higher this pass. So I went and did a comparison and lo and behold this is what emerged:

Let us now break it down. The Regulatory Recovery Fee is nothing but a money grab by Vonage, plain and simple. In essence the regulations allow them to insert a charge, just like the regulations allow the incumbent carriers to insert Federal Universal Service Fees of $4 to $7 per line. But because Vonage is only a last mile carrier, they don’t charge the FUSF but are allowed to do the RRF. Fuckers!

The Emergency 911 Fee is pure unadulterated bullshit. I’m paying for Vonage to interface with those states that screwed their E-911 systems. Nice isn’t it.

The Federal Program Fee – I think this is the drop-in replacement for the FUSF. Fuck it, they haven’t expanded broadband everywhere in this country yet so answer me, what the hell are they doing with the money?

From the Civil Rights Era – Music with a Message

This song by Curtis Mayfield (He of Superfly) and the Impressions came about around 1968. It is a very moving song about how “This is My Country”. It goes into the case for equality. We GLBT folks need music like this too.

I think we have someone like that in Sean Chapin.