This Happened Because Enough People Cared Enough To Do Something

Verizon backed away on Friday from plans to charge customers a $2 fee to pay their bills online or over the phone after receiving thousands of complaints, the latest victory in a wave of consumer activism that has roiled some of the nation’s largest companies.

The announcement came a day after the fee was made public. Consumer advocacy groups derided the charge as pay-to-pay.” The fee also caught the eye of Verizon’s regulator, the Federal Communications Commission, which had said it would look into the issue. But it was individual consumers — amped up after battles this year with corporate giants such as Bank of America and Target — that the company said tipped the scale.

They roundly blasted the fee on social media sites. About three dozen people launched petitions on calling for an end to the charge, with one getting more than 100,000 signatures within a few hours.

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