A new study by the Federal Trade Commission found that the U.S. government paid a premium for more than $5 billion worth of computer services in 2018.
The FTC found that consumers paid $2,826 per computer service, compared to $1,878 in 2019.
That’s a 5.7 percent difference in price per service.
The difference is due to the government paying the price for the computer services instead of the consumer.
“We’ve got some serious issues with our pricing,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, who introduced the new report.
The $5.7 billion in computer services is one of several reasons the FTC found the U,S.
has one of the highest costs for consumer computer services per person per year, according to the study.
The government pays $3,000 per person for basic computer services and $3.50 per person, or $837 per person a year, for a family plan.
The report also found that a person’s income makes a difference in the cost of basic services.
The commission is asking companies to stop using the term “computer service” to describe those services.
“The Commission has long called for more transparency in the use of the term computer services to describe the goods and services that individuals buy and consume on a regular basis,” Ramirez said.
“The new report makes it clear that this is not the case.”
In a statement, a spokesperson for Microsoft said, “Microsoft does not make the decision to include computer service in its prices, and it does not use the term ‘computer service’ in its pricing.”