Georgia telephone law would’ve hurt the poor - judge has blocks it

Source: Brian Fung - The Washington Post

A federal judge has blocked a controversial proposal that would've disproportionately hurt low-income Georgia residents if it had gone through.

In a preliminary injunction handed down this week, Judge Richard Story of the Northern District of Georgia agreed with wireless carriers that forcing poor people to pay $5 a month for phone service that residents of other states get for free would cause irreparable injury. The charge was supposed to go into effect next month, but the ruling will prevent it until a final decision has been made in the case.

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