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One reason many of us have switched to Voice over IP phone services for our secondary or even primary lines is the enormous cost savings – a large part of which is due to not having to pay all the taxes and fees that are imposed on regular landline telephone service. Well, they say all good things must come to an end, and the government has discovered VoIP. Last week the FCC decided that VoIP services will have to pay into the Universal Service Fund that subsidizes phones services in rural and low income areas, and that means our VoIP bills are probably going to go up.

On the other hand, DSL providers will no longer have to pay into the program after August. Does that mean your DSL bill will go down? Maybe, but I wouldn’t count on it. Read more about it here.

Deb Shinder