Rollback: A break for phone users

A break for phone users

Raising the phone bills for millions of Americans during an election year is abhorrent to politicians. That is why Congress has been moving inexorably toward repeal of controversial access charges on long-distance telephone service that were due to go into effect on April 3. Last week, bowing to the inevitable, the Federal Communications Commission decided to delay the charges until next year for individuals and many small businesses.

The FCC last year ordered the fees, ranging from $2 a month for individuals to $6 for businesses with only one phone line, as part of the restructuring of phone...

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