Georgia House OKs telecom bill with protections
ATLANTA (AP) – A complex telecommunications bill backed by phone giant AT&T Inc. has cleared the Georgia House and is now headed to Gov. Sonny Perdue for his signature.
The legislation adopted by a 136-17 vote Wednesday night includes new consumer-friendly language making clear that the state's Public Service Commission has authority to investigate customer complaints on landline phones.
The bill eliminates most remaining state regulation of AT&T and mandates rural phone companies cut fees they charge carriers such as AT&T to connect into their systems.
The cable industry opposes the bill.