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Georgia House OKs telecom bill with protections

Thu, 04/15/2010 - 8:25am
The Associated Press

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.

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