There's a Tax for That

"We're all agreed: Tax those bastards back to the Stone Age!" (AP photo)

“We’re all agreed: Tax those bastards back to the Stone Age!”
(AP photo)

Remember when we were promised “Net Neutrality” meant no new fees or taxes?

S’yeah, right:

Recently adopted net neutrality regulations soon could make your monthly Internet bill more complicated — and potentially more expensive.

Every month, consumers pay a small fee on their phone bills for a federal program that uses the money — a total of $8.8 billion raised nationwide last year — to provide affordable access to telecommunications services in rural areas, underserved inner cities and schools.

Now the fee could start appearing on broadband bills too, in a major expansion of the nearly two-decade-old Universal Service Fund program.

It’s not clear yet, however, if most consumers would end up paying more in total USF fees than they do now.

You care to place a bet that you’ll end up paying less?