Federal Court Places Injunction on Georgia Cellphone Fee

From the Atlanta Business Chronicle:

A federal court issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday prohibiting Georgia utility regulators from charging low-income residents $5 a month for basic cellphones.

The order by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia marked a victory for wireless phone companies that sued the Georgia Public Service Commission following a 3-2 PSC vote in October to levy the monthly charge starting Jan. 31 on participants in the federal Lifeline program.

11 comments

  1. South Fulton Guy says:

    the other day I was walking into a Wal-Mart and there was someone in the lobby pitching FREE Obama cell phones. I kept walking as it pissed me off since I pay $77 a month for my service. A $5 fee for service is hardly a burden when someone else is paying for the rest of your service with their tax dollars…

  2. timechols says:

    It is unfortunate that the court is stepping in to postpone the fee on these “free” phones. There is so much fraud and abuse associated with this program, and I fully supported Commissioner Everett’s effort to curb these abuses. Hopefully, the court will eventually see it our way.

    • DavidTC says:

      Yes, it sure is nice how our _state_ has decided spend the time and money in an attempt to fight waste and fraud in a _Federal program that is not even slightly under its jurisdiction_.

      Next up: I don’t approve of the Post Office’s Saturday delivery! Let’s tax that! I’m sure that will work!

      Jesus Christ. Why did the _phone company_ have to file this suit? Why wasn’t the Federal government on this?

  3. analogkid says:

    Really hope the PSC appeals this decision. It’s a reasonable policy even if one federal judge decided he wants to protect an out of control federal program.

  4. Jon Richards says:

    Interesting that the court order comes about not because those receiving the free phones would have to pay something, but because the wireless phone companies didn’t like the fee. Crony capitalism at work.

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