IDG Answers is a community of experts who are passionate about technology. Ask a question or answer one below.
The “regulatory recovery fee” that is added to many cable/phone bills drives me crazy. In addition to the profit they already make from everyone, that are adding an additional fee to cover their cost for complying with the law. I should try that if I get a ticket on my way to work, “Sorry boss, I am going to have to charge the company a regulatory recovery fee because I got pulled over this morning.”
In addition, I would definately “+1” cable modem rental fees. A month or so ago I was complaining to a friend that I had to spend money to replace my modem after only 3 years, and he responded with the comment, “That’s why I just rent mine.”
I asked him if he had ever added up the rental fees for his modem, so he figured it out and determined that he had paid nearly $700 for his modem. He went from being smug to being annoyed in about 20 seconds.