Late last year, the Comcast “Triple Play” — telephone, television and high-speed Internet service rolled into one bill at a lower introductory price — finally came to our area. I had been waiting months for a chance to try it.
I’m not whether sure we’re saving any money on taxes as a result of the lower communications bill, however. We pay five — count ’em, five — different taxes, surcharges or fees every month.
Here’s the combined tally from our first two bills, one that covers Dec. 16-Jan. 15 and the other that runs from Jan. 16 to Feb. 15 (just got it in the mail today):
— Universal (connectivity charge): $1.51
— Digital voice (taxes, surcharges and fees): $6.67
— FCC reg fee: 12 cents
— Virginia communications (sales tax): $3.30
— Rights-of-way use (fee): $1.34