Cell phone surcharge may pay for rural internet

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s possible your cell phone bill could go up in Oregon under a plan to raise money for high-speed internet expansion in rural areas.

Oregon legislators are considering a plan that would add a surcharge on wireless calls to raise money for the expansion. The surcharge would only apply to calls in the state.

The average cell phone user could see an increase of $4 to $8 per year, and lawmakers say that revenue could generate $10 million per year.

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