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I got a message today from my wireless provider, informing me that one of the regular charges Texas adds to my bill would rise.

Before, I was charged 3.3% of my monthly cost to benefit necessary providers in rural areas. Starting in September, they'll be bumping that to TWENTY-FOUR PERCENT (24%). Why?

Oh, because Texas politicians are obstreperous incompetents who wouldn't know a good-sense, palliative measure if their entire bodies were covered in weeping boils.

reformaustin.org/infrastructur

TXpol 

Here's another article/editorial from a "consumer watchdog" in Dallas. Same details, different voice.
dallasnews.com/news/watchdog/2

The fund in general? Not just worthwhile; necessary. People NEED emergency communication, even when they deliberately choose to live 25 miles from a neighbor.

The way the fund was handled? Well. That's the same terrible joke that Texas appointees tell, over and over again, constantly finding new ways to disappoint the citizenry.

TXpol 

@naga
Typical story.
"I hate having to add this to the budget every dang year. How bad d'you think it'll bite us if we just don't for a while?"
'Um, well, pretty badly. People losing emergency phone access is the floor here; the ceiling? We get sued, and telecom companies come after us for the judgment.'
"Naahhhhhh, they won't do that. They'll charge customers, customers will blame them. Fuck 'em; we'll be fine."
' . . . . . . . '

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