The tipster says, and I tend to agree, that Atlanta and other cities might take issue with this legislation. I think it is a great idea and this bill should NOT die. Yeah, rugby_fan, you read that right!
In short, franchise fees and other fees that municipalities impose on utilities will no longer be included in a system-wide rate base for the utility. Instead, only customers inside municipalities will pay the fees imposed by their municipalities and a line item will appear on the utility bill of the customer outlining what the fee is.
Presently, we all, whether we live in a municipality or not, pay these fees because the utilities just add them all together and factor them into their standard rate.