Missouri Senate approves changes to telephone fees

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Senators have endorsed legislation that would gradually reduce fees the state's largest telephone companies charge one another.

The legislation would require a reduction in the rates that local telephone companies charge to connect callers from one region of Missouri to customers of a different phone company in another part of the state.

Senators endorsed the bill Tuesday night by a 31-2 vote. It now goes to the House, which previously passed a 50 percent reduction over 10 years in telephone access charges.

Both bills would apply only to the state's largest phone companies, such as AT&T, CenturyLink and Windstream.

Telephone access charges typically are passed on to customers. So some people could see increases on their bills while others could see decreases.

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