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.


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

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.


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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