Commissioners Everett, Tim Echols and Bubba McDonald voted for the measure. Commissioners Chuck Eaton and Stan Wise voted against it.
“Obviously there’s nobody in this room that’s for fraud, we’re all against fraud,” Eaton said. “Personally I have yet to be convinced that the $5 charge would do anything to reduce the fraud.”
The commission voted 3-2 last winter to proceed with planning how the charge would work.
CTIA, a national association of wireless companies, then sued the PSC, saying the decision is illegal because state government agencies cannot regulate what wireless companies charge customers.
The PSC is likely to issue a written order within days. A commissioner can ask that the vote be reconsidered. If that does not happen, the Georgia Secretary of State has 20 days to review the order.
The CTIA is expected to move forward on the lawsuit after that.