Consumers in the US are angry after a report by the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) showed that many consumers have not reaped the benefits of increased wireless competition. Hidden taxes have cancelled any possible saving that may have been made.
On average, 12% is added to the consumers’ monthly mobile phone bill. The CTIA listed the ten most heavily mobile-taxed states. Californian taxes were the highest coming in at 19.6%, whilst users in Pennsylvania, tenth most expensive, paid 11.8% tax.
To make matters worse for city-dwelling mobile users, the federal government is thinking about subsidizing rural telecoms companies with funds raised by increasing hidden mobile taxes further.