Verizon Accused Of Fleecing Broadband Customers To Skirt FCC Economic Subsidy Requirements
Earlier in May, Ars Technica reported that Verizon required people who wanted the $50 government subsidy to switch their internet plan, which sometimes became more expensive. The company claimed that the EBB could not be used on some old or grandfathered data plans, so they would need to switch. Then, when the EBB program ended, you could pay the regular Verizon rate for the new plan or end internet services with the company.
Furthermore, if Verizon customers had to change their plan previously, they can switch back to their original "legacy" plan within 14 days. Though it seems that Verizon has caved, technically, the company did not do anything wrong per se. The EBB requires that "carriers offer the EBB discount on at least one broadband service," so if it requires a change, then it still complies. However, Verizon's implementation went against the intent of the EBB, and it should have been more forthcoming from the outset.
It will be interesting to see whether the FCC changes its rules going forward to make them clearer and better for the consumers. In any case, let us know what you make of this situation in the comments below.