TELETRUTH ALERT April 25th,
MORE ABOUT USF AND SKUNKWORKS
TO CHAIRMAN MARTIN
COMPANY CONSUMER GROUP --- INCREASE
UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND (USF) TAX, PLACE IT ON VOIP,
INFLUENCE THE FCC.
A few weeks ago, the "Keep
Universal Service Fund (USF) Fair" Coalition
congratulated FCC Commissioner Martin on his new appointment to Chairman
and suggested increasing Universal Service Fund up to 40% and adding
to Voice-over-the-Internet" (VOIP). They claim that this would
be good for
Seniors, Hispanics, families with disabilities, and consumers.
The USF charge is currently
an 11+% tax you pay on every long distance,
wireless and DSL bill, and is even applied to parts of your local phone
bill --- Do
you want your taxes raised 40%? Aren't you paying enough? Is that "fair"?
The hidden secret is that
the "KeepUSFFair" coalition is another Bell
(SBC, Verizon and BellSouth) skunkworks campaign. The group is mainly
comprised of astroturf and co-opted groups funded by the Bell companies
are being coordinated by Washington-DC based Issue Dynamics and Sam
to push the Bell monopoly agenda --- not your agenda. This group includes
Alliance for Public Technology (APT), American Association of People
Disabilities, World Institute on Disability, League of United Latin
Citizens, the Gray Panthers, and others.
And these actions are even
more insidious when you realize that APT,
and other phone company funded-related groups, are trying to influence
APT, in fact, is on the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee --- as a "consumer
Below is Teletruth's Letter
to Chairman Martin outlining the situation as we
see it. We believe the USF has become a massive corporate subsidy. It
increased 185% since 1999, even though the costs to offer service continues
Also, the largest part goes back to the phone companies.and no one has
audited the money.
Worse, various states have added additional USF taxes -- double-quadruple
Teleturth believes that these
non-profits groups should be investigated for
being nothing but a front for phone companies to control the broadband,
wireless, municipality-deployment, competitive markets.
TAKE ACTION: To see the KeepUSFFair
press release, links to learn more
about skunkworks, astroturf groups, or about the Universal Service Fund,
or to write your own letter to the FCC Chairman and Commissioners denouncing
fake group and calling to investigate Universal Service, go to:
Bruce Kushnick, Teletruth
Tom Allibone, Teletruth