New Plan To Give Schools Better Internet Could Cost Everyone

New Plan To Give Schools Better Internet Could Cost Everyone

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The white house is defending a plan which could add yet another government surcharge to your cell-phone bill.

"There should be no more taxes on the cell phone," says a woman on the street.

It's definitely worth talking about. A new proposal that could mean new fees for mobile phone users.

"Considering that they charge us for everything already, metro cards keep going up, taxes keep going up. It doesn't seem like a lot, but at the end of the day it will be a lot," says Nina Rodriguez.

But the Obama administration believes it's for a good cause, arguing that a small fee will help fund Internet access in schools.

Nina Rodriguez isn't so sure.

"I feel like they can figure out a different way to pay for it," she says.

The so called ConnectEd program would connect schools across the country to high speed Internet access, but it would also cost billions of dollars. To pay for it, the president reportedly wants to raise fees on mobile phone users. It would end up costing an extra three to five dollars per year, and would likely show up on the already long list of pesky government surcharges, fee's and other taxes.

Republicans in congress are opposed to any new taxes, so the White House may lean directly on the FCC to implement the charges. Crain's NY Business editor Erik Engquist says that could get tricky.

"The FCC does have power to impose fees and taxes on industries it regulates. The question is whether they want to have a fight about it," he says.

Still, some we spoke with say that struggling school districts need a break. They claim they wouldn't mind paying a little extra a month.

"If it goes for schools and Internet access, then I'd say it's ok. But if they try to charge me an extra $20 for angry birds then I'm going to say no. I want my angry birds for less money," he says.

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