February 18, 2013
Partner John J. Heitmann was quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, "Telecom Group Sues Over PSC Fee on 'Free' Phones." State utility regulators decided last month that low-income Georgians should pay a monthly fee as a way to curb fraud and abuse in Lifeline, a federal benefit program that provides free phone service. The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) said the decision is illegal because state government agencies cannot regulate what wireless companies charge customers, and brought a lawsuit against the Georgia Public Service Commission. "You are forcing carriers to provide (free cellphone) minutes at a loss. You would lose money on customers, and you're going to leave the state," said Mr. Heitmann.
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