PSC Cuts Telephone Regulatory Fees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State fees paid by telephone companies in Florida are dropping due to deregulation.

The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday agreed to a 20 percent cut in annual regulatory assessment fees.

That will save companies nearly $1.2 million the first year. It’s not expected to have any effect on customers.

Florida has deregulated most aspects of landline telephone service including rates.

The commission, though, still has the authority to resolve disputes between companies and certify wire-line carriers.

It also oversees payphones, assists Lifeline customers, manages telecommunications service for the deaf and prepares reports on competition in the industry.

Source: Associated Press