Obama wants to increase Your phone bill

Discussion in 'General' started by crcballer55, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. crcballer55

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    http://uk.reuters.com/article/americasRegulatoryNes/idUKN2617163420090226

    Obama proposes to boost public airwaves fees


    Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:48pm GMT


    WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - The Obama administration's proposed 2010 budget seeks to significantly boost the user fees the U.S. government chargesholders of public airwaves held by many telephone and wireless companies.

    Yearly fees for spectrum licenses are proposed to rise to $200 million in 2010, from $50 million in 2009, according to the document posted on the Office ofManagement and Budget's Web site.

    After that, the fees eventually increase to $550 million per user per year, totalling $4.8 billion over the next decade.

    In the government's most recent spectrum auction, AT&T Inc(T.N) and Verizon Wireless, a joint venture between Vodafone Group and VerizonCommunications (VZ.N) spentabout $16 billion to get access to the airwaves.

    The Federal Communications Commission runs auctions for public spectrum.
     
  2. mangudai954

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    So they want to charge them 4 times the fee initially then keep rising it yearly. I'm curious to see what this will do to end users bill.
     
  3. crank lucas

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    really?

    really?

    really?
     
  4. the takeover

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    Why?
     
  5. mangudai954

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    They obviously mean the company i.e. the "user".
     
  6. mangudai954

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    Why not?
     
  7. rossh123

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    does it affect cells
     
  8. jefferyjay23

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    I'm willing to pay more if it helps the economy in any way.
     
  9. craftsy21

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    try reading the article chief.
     
  10. wawaweewa

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    Obama the lame.
     
  11. QFT
     
  12. finnns2003

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    same ol' government, finding ways to 'tax' us while telling sheep that taxes are being 'cut'. [​IMG]
     
  13. mrmeeh2

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    No......[​IMG]
     
  14. de phx jose

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    Soo if our monthly bills are $40 then they'll be over $100 by then [​IMG]
     
  15. wawaweewa

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    ..and that makes sense in what way?

    The money is funneled into government coffers.
    The same feds that "lost" $3 trillion of defense appropriations in less than a decade.
    The same feds that admit that at least a 1/3 of Medicare billing is fraudulent i.e. hundreds of billions of $'s over the years.

    See a pattern here? [​IMG]
     
  16. dajoka004

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    A 4x increase in one year? Would it translate to a 4x increase in non-data charges?
     
  17. kicks off

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    time to dust off the old beeper.
     
  18. belle155

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    speak for yourself
     
  19. rko2004

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    Is pre-paid affected by this. I wanted to get on a plan but if I'm going to be paying cable bill type prices then I'll stick to these minute cards.
     
  20. the takeover

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    Because I would rather not pay a phone bill the size of a car note and I was wondering why a 4x increase on a necessity in a year is such a goodchoice
     
  21. e3lal

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    I'd have to agree with the cavs fan.
     
  22. downtown43

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    so prices are going up in an economic recession. didn't expect that at all.
     
  23. freakydestroyer

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    Obama making things worse already. How about he turn off half the lights in the white house, that'll probably save some money.
     
  24. knightngale

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    smh
     
  25. TheGodFresco

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    what kind of crap is this??[​IMG]