Georgia adopts $5 charge on subsidized phones for poor

Georgia adopts $5 charge on subsidized phones for poor

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By RAY HENRY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia will charge poor people $5 a month to get subsidized phone service, a move that one Republican regulator says will deter fraud.

The state's Public Service Commission voted 3-2 on Tuesday to require that phone companies participating in the federal Lifeline program either collect the $5 fee or offer their customers at least 500 minutes of calling time.

Phone companies say they could not economically offer 500 minutes of calling time, meaning they must collect the fee or drop out of the market.

Industry officials say Georgia would be the only state to collect such a fee. The phone industry says it expects to renew a legal challenge against the plan in federal court.

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