Cell Phone Company didn't Charge Government Termination Fee

June 12, 2008 5:56:40 AM PDT
Internal e-mails from a leading cell phone company show there was a debate over whether to charge the government the same $200 cancellation fee it charges regular customers. Ultimately, Nextel Communications decided not to. The e-mails obtained by The Associated Press are from a vice president who wrote that the government would, quote, "never, never accept such penalty amounts." The e-mails were written in January 2004.

The Federal Communications Commission holds a hearing Thursday on the fees, which are a common complaint of cell phone users. It's expected the wireless companies will argue that the FCC should take jurisdiction to avoid a patchwork of state regulations.

The FCC chairman says he agrees.