Missouri lawmakers approve changes to telephone fees

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 | 3:47 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that could reduce phone charges for some customers while raising them for others.

The legislation was sent Wednesday to Gov. Jay Nixon.

The bill would gradually reduce the rates that telephone companies charge one another to connect callers from one region of Missouri with customers of a different phone company elsewhere in the state.

Those telephone access charges typically are passed on to customers. People who make a large number of long-distance calls could see a reduction in their monthly bills. But charges for local phone service could rise for some customers.

The measure would apply only to the state's largest phone companies, including AT&T, CenturyLink and Windstream.

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