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BUSINESS
June 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Targeting a top gripe by cellphone users and breaking ranks with its industry, Verizon Wireless plans to prorate the fee it charges subscribers who break a contract so they only pay an amount proportional to the time left on their agreements. The change in the early termination fee will be implemented this fall for new customers and Verizon Wireless subscribers who sign a new contract, the company said Wednesday. The company, owned jointly by New York-based Verizon Communications Inc.
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BUSINESS
October 22, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Yahoo Inc. said it would raise the price for its Music Unlimited subscription service by 72% for users who transfer songs to portable music players. The monthly subscription price will rise on Nov. 1 to $11.99 a month from $6.99 a month. The increase brings the cost closer to the $14.99-a-month prices of offerings from RealNetworks Inc. and Napster Inc.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2005 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
With traffic congestion growing worse -- and state and federal budgets as red as the brake lights from cars backed up on a Los Angeles freeway -- Congress is moving toward relaxing a decades-old restriction on tolls on interstate highways. The legislation, backed by the Bush administration, would give states greater authority to impose tolls to reduce gridlock. These charges could be levied to raise money for new highway construction.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
With many of EBay Inc.'s most faithful sellers in revolt over a rate hike, the online auctioneer said Sunday that it would lower one type of seller fee starting today. If that's supposed to be a peace offering, sellers aren't buying it. The fee break is on the cost of listing an auction item on the site, from 30 cents to 25 cents. But there's a catch -- it applies only to listings that start bidding at 99 cents or less, which are usually for items such as used CDs.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2005 | From Associated Press
Some small-business owners who reach most of their customers via EBay Inc. expressed anger at the online auction giant's plan to boost the monthly fee it charges sellers by 60%. EBay outlined the increase in an e-mail Wednesday to all buyers and sellers. "It seems as though the larger EBay becomes, the more greedy they become," said Lynette McDonald of Alton, Ill., who has sold Barbie and baby clothes on EBay since 2001. Starting Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2004 | William Wan, Times Staff Writer
The tolls on seven Bay Area bridges rose from $2 to $3 last week, greeted with moans of resignation as well as some traffic jams. Many motorists arriving at tollbooths fumbled for the extra dollar, backing up rush-hour traffic even farther. Some even argued with toll collectors. "It went OK, but not great," said Randy Rentschler, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. "Things are now settling down pretty quickly." About 823,800 drivers cross the Bay Area's bridges every day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2004 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Tolls on the financially ailing San Joaquin Hills turnpike in coastal Orange County will increase anywhere from 25 to 50 cents on July 1 -- a rate hike that goes beyond what highway operators had planned for at most of the road's toll plazas. The San Joaquin Hills board of directors voted 13 to 1 on Thursday to approve the rate hikes, which are expected to generate $1.5 million a year in additional revenue for the struggling highway.
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