State utility regulators will vote Tuesday on whether to charge low-income Georgians $5 dollars a month for a federal program that provides them with free cell-phone service. Some of those people say the fee will force them to make tough decisions about their budgets.
Two elected Georgia regulators have proposed giving a $10,000 fine from a telephone company to an anti-abortion charity that the officials have connections to. Under a settlement, Peerless Network of Georgia LLC will pay a $10,000 penalty for failing to file required reports. Civil penalties usually go to Georgia's state treasury.
State officials are considering a proposal that could open more natural gas refueling stations on Georgia's highways. Atlanta Gas Light has asked the state Public Service Commission to tap into a government fund to help pay for ten to 12 new stations. But they wouldn't be for the general public.
The Public Service Commission got an earful of utility customer anger. The PSC was in Savannah to hear public comments on a proposal that would allow Georgia Power to hike its rates by more than $10 a month for the average customer. Dozens of speakers rose to excoriate the utility during the two hour hearing.