Mobile Taxes Will Stay Hidden

Those hidden taxes on your cellular telephone bill will stay hidden a while longer thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision today not to hear a dispute over whether the public should be told about the fees on their monthly bills.

Here’s the report from News.com:

The case at hand, which pitted Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA against state utility regulators, centers on whether states should be allowed to forbid wireless carriers from breaking out various state and local taxes as line-item fees on a customer’s bill.

Sounds like a simple enough matter, but it has actually stirred up quite a fuss.

The wireless companies, naturally, maintain they should be able to establish a visible separation between the base prices of their services and the fees required by various regulators. States and localities have increasingly been passing laws prohibiting those line items expressly in order to “hide” arguably unpopular taxes and fees from consumers, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile said in their brief to the high court.

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