I cite another posts of mine about voting politicians off the planet.ggilman wrote:Don't you feel better about the bill now?
The Carrier Cost Recovery Fee helps AT&T recover costs associated with providing state-to-state and international long distance service including expenses for national regulatory fees and programs and, connection and account servicing charges. This fee applies for each month in which you have any AT&T state-to-state and/or international charges on your bill including monthly recurring charges (MRCs) or minimum usage charges ( MUCs). This fee is not a tax or charge required by the government.
Basically part of it is a fee to charge you fees and taxes.
For a REAL good laugh, checkout:
https://www.customerservice.att.com/ass ... faq_fee#q1