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Empire Follies

Question: What do the following have in common: a state sales tax, a local sales tax, three transportation surcharges, a 911 fee, a utilities tax, an excise tax and a franchise tax?

Answer: They’re all state and local fees paid by New York’s mobile phone users.

Fortunately, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is among those willing to say, Enough is enough. Weiner tells the New York Daily News that Big Apple mobile users pay 10 state and city taxes and fees – more than any other city in the nation. Combined, he says, this adds about 16 percent to the mobile phone bill. Among U.S. cities, only Chicago adds on a higher amount, with a 19 percent total. 

We’ve written before about the problem of excessive fees levied on mobile phone service  and bipartisan efforts in Congress to rein these in. Thank you, Congressman Weiner, for standing up for wireless consumers.