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Short Take: FCC scrutinizes long distance fees

The Federal Communications Commission has opened an investigation into long distance companies' common practice of charging minimum monthly service fees. The scrutiny follows complaints by consumer groups that the companies are taking advantage of subscribers who rarely make long distance calls.

The Federal Communications Commission has opened an investigation into long distance companies' common practice of charging minimum monthly service fees. The scrutiny follows complaints by consumer groups that the companies are taking advantage of subscribers who rarely make long distance calls.