What is the inspection fee on my phone bill?

6 On Your Side Answers: What is the inspection fee on my phone bill?


6 On Your Side Consumer Investigator

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Some of you who have AT&T as your phone provider may have noticed a new fee added to your monthly bill.

Myra from Knoxville asks, "My latest bill has an inspection fee added. What's that about?"

Whichever phone service you use, there are quite a few fees added to your bill, not to mention local, state, and federal taxes.

There are federal, state, and local fees, including such things as universal service charge, portability line charge, subscriber line charge, emergency 911 service, and more.

Recently, a new fee has been added, at least for AT&T customers, called the Tennessee Regulatory Authority inspection fee.

A few months ago, the fee started appearing on monthly phone bills. It's listed under the heading "additions and changes to service."

The charge for the inspection fee is 95 cents.

AT&T told 6 On Your Side, "Our company and other carriers are required by law to pay the Tennessee Regulatory Authority inspection fee to cover costs of regulating services."

AT&T is charging 95 cents per line, per month, to recover inspection fees for prior years.

The company says the fee is being levied to recover the costs of TRA inspections of carrier lines, services, and equipment.

An extra dollar a month isn't a lot of money in the scheme of things, but for those who have a land line phone and a cell phone, all these fees may be the tipping point to ditch that land line.

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