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Ga. officials impose fee on Lifeline phones

ATLANTA (AP) - 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, which are set to take effect in 20 days, call for a minimum $5 monthly fee for people receiving cellphones through the program.

State officials say the fee is an attempt to curb fraud and abuse of the federal subsidy, and to discourage customers from having multiple Lifeline cell phone accounts.

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