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Wis. GOP renews push to deregulate landlines

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans are reviving a bill to deregulate the landfill phone industry in Wisconsin.

The bill appears to be primed to move quickly this time around. It was introduced on Wednesday and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald said he hoped to pass it in May.

Supporters of the Republican-backed measure tell the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that it will stimulate investment in new technologies, while opponents say it will hurt consumers who don't have cellphones by removing most of the regulation of landlines.

The bill would be the first major revision of Wisconsin's telecommunications laws since 1994. It's similar to another measure that did not pass last year as lawmakers rushed to finish business.

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The Journal Sentinel's report can be found at: http://tiny.cc/as8h1

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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