Unfortunately, all of these government-subsidized telecom programs are being touted as though they are ‘tax free’ or ‘low cost’, but our cable/phone/mobile bills are exploding in cost.
Seriously, are these groups really unable to afford $20/month for internet? Both DSL and Cable are available at that rate. Yes, I think internet is almost a necessity in order to conduct business and communicate with others, but if you have to go without for a season, you go without.
My last phone bill had $9.68 in VZW surcharge and other charges, taxes, governmental surcharges, and fees (effectively 7.2% of the total bill).
There are now so many carrier & government surcharges (and taxes) that they won’t even break it down.