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Seeing surcharges clearly through the haze of carrier terminology

  • TC2 Blog
  • 10/19/2011
  • David Rhode

What on earth is Verizon’s “Carrier Cost Recovery” surcharge, and why is it on your bill? The term seems to be a parody of circular logic.

Of course Verizon has “carrier costs” – Verizon’s in the carrier business. Its profit margin isn’t 100%, right? I mean, the money you pay them isn’t all gravy. Why can’t Verizon “recover” its “carrier costs” out of its revenues?

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