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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2001
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Jordan Goldstein
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FCC COMMISSIONER SUSAN NESS CRITICIZES DECISION OF LONG-DISTANCE CARRIERS TO ASSESS HEFTY BILLING FEE ON CONSUMERS




FCC Commissioner Susan Ness today stated, I am dismayed that some long-distance carriers have begun to levy a substantial billing charge on consumers for having a combined local and long-distance bill. I am particularly troubled as all consumers should be by reports that some carriers did not notify consumers in advance so that consumers could have avoided these new charges. I urge the Commission, through its Enforcement Bureau, to investigate whether these line-item charges are consistent with our truth-in-billing rules, unreasonable, or unreasonably inflated.

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