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Phone charge added for low-income Ga. residents

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Georgia is set to become the only state to charge low-income people $5 a month for subsidized phone services.

The state's public service commission voted three to two on the measure this week.

It requires phone companies participating in the federal lifeline program to either charge a $5 fee or offer at least 500 minutes of monthly calling time.

Republican regulators say the move will help stop fraud. Others say this will penalize the needy.

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