Mon., April 8, 2013 9:00am
A Republican utility regulator in Georgia wants to charge low-income customers for their government-subsidized telephone service. H. Doug Everett says the Lifeline program has been abused.
Mon., March 25, 2013 9:01am
Law enforcement officials say violence within Georgia prisons has left 12 inmates and a guard dead in 10 months. Officials say smuggled cell phones allow inmate gangs to communicate and plan attacks.
Wed., January 16, 2013 11:29am
The Georgia Public Service Commission has voted to impose fees on cellphones being offered through the Lifeline program after it was targeted in widespread fraud and abuse allegations. The Lifeline program is intended to provide discounted cellphone service to low-income Georgians. The new rules call for a minimum $5 monthly fee for people receiving cellphones through the program.
Thu., January 19, 2012 9:37am
Corrections commissioner Brian Owens sounded off Wednesday about an "epidemic" in illegal cellphones smuggled into Georgia's prisons. Owens told lawmakers that prison officials confiscated more than 8,500 phones in state prisons over the last 18 months.
Mon., June 27, 2011 2:40pm
Revenue from new legislation will go to local emergency response centers. The measure changes the way people who use prepay wireless services pay a so-called “911 fee.”