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Short Take: Higher Internet rates predicted in California survey

Most California Internet users would face rate hikes of at least 10 percent if the Federal Communications Commission removes the compensation Bell companies pay to competitors when transferring Internet calls, a lobbying group said Wednesday. Those competing phone companies say they'll have to increase what they charge Internet service providers. A survey of more than 100 ISPs sponsored by the California Internet Service Providers Association found 86 percent would raise rates if the FCC's plan was enacted.

Most California Internet users would face rate hikes of at least 10 percent if the Federal Communications Commission removes the compensation Bell companies pay to competitors when transferring Internet calls, a lobbying group said Wednesday. Those competing phone companies say they'll have to increase what they charge Internet service providers. A survey of more than 100 ISPs sponsored by the California Internet Service Providers Association found 86 percent would raise rates if the FCC's plan was enacted.