AT&T, Resellers Square Off in Billing Dispute

AT&T and a handful of its resellers are locked in a billing dispute in Tennessee over a government-subsidized Lifeline” discount for low-income phone customers.

The Dallas-based telecom giant has threatened to disconnect the resellers customers telephone service as early as July 19 over non-payment of disputed amounts related to the Lifeline discount and notified the Tennessee Regulatory Authority of its intent to do so, reported The Commercial Appeal, a daily newspaper in Memphis, Tenn.

Five resellers, including Angles Communication Solutions, have asked the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) to intervene and schedule a hearing to settle the dispute.

The TRA has opened the case, The Commercial Appeal reported, and a preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.

One of the resellers is said to have already settled the dispute with AT&T.

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