Yes, these fees should automatically be waived, and I’m very thankful to see that Josh Harder, the 1st term Democrat from California who ousted former Trump cheerleader Jeff Denham, has sponsored this bill.
In reading with disgust the “Why vote nay?” summary I was amazed at the ignorance on display, wondering what industry insider or accountant wrote it. This summary in itself is akin to a response of “I certainly understand their grief and what you’re saying but you’re still full of shit.”
The reason that phone, cable and internet companies are allowed to have these fee and penalty structures is because they have the FCC in their pocket and they provide big funding to candidates and issues to insure that their profit agenda is met.
Fees and penalties in the telecommunications industry have become a necessary part of their profit structures needed to appease over expectant shareholders, after all, what monopolistic market whore would turn down free money? Especially when they can easily grab it from the grieving military family who has suffered a loss or is otherwise dealing with tragedy.
It’s been estimated that if US consumers paid for internet at a rate of that of other developed countries, the consumer savings would be $65 billion annually, about the size of the US jewelry industry.
We need passage of HR 4356 now!