passing the buck
It amazes me how shameless companies can be about passing their costs on to consumers when the government imposes certain mandates.
I was looking at my Sprint PCS cellphone bill this morning (I do most of my bills online), and saw this notice about fee changes (emphasis mine):
Beginning with your next invoice, Sprint will place a new monthly charge titled “Federal Telephone Number Pooling” in the Surcharges and Fees section of your invoice. This surcharge recovers the costs incurred by Sprint to comply with newly effective federal regulations concerning telephone number pooling. Telephone number pooling is a federally mandated program established to conserve telephone numbers and reduce the need for new area codes. Your future invoices will include a Federal Telephone Number Pooling charge until Sprint’s costs are recovered.
It’s too bad wireless telephone number portability won’t be going into affect anytime soon…