Unfortunately, this is not new and has been a problem for some time. AT&T and Verizon have agreed to stop third-party billing for companies.
An article in Consumerist:
The federal crackdown on the practice of landline bill-cramming -- the slathering on of charges for often unauthorized third-party services onto consumers' phone bills -- continues, with the Federal Trade Commission accusing the country's largest third-party billing business of attempting to cram $70 million worth of bogus charges down consumers' throats.
-or-Also, if you do a google search there are pages and pages regarding this issue.