Bill to remove phone service price cap approved

Bill to remove phone service price cap approved

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The state Legislature has approved a bill that removes an $11 price cap on Qwest Communications International Inc.'s basic phone service in Utah.

Sen. Peter Knudson, R-Brigham City, says lifting the cap would let the market determine rates in a competitive environment that includes Internet phone service and cell phones.

The Senate unanimously passed House Bill 216 on Tuesday. It now goes to Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Advocates have said they're worried a price increase could hurt subscribers who already have trouble paying their phone bill.

Knudson says the company offers a service for $9.23 a month to low-income subscribers.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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