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Appeals court throws out suit over AT&T cell phone fees

11th Circuit says lower court didn’t have jurisdiction to invalidate FCC order

A lawsuit that Martha Self filed 14 years ago has finally come to an end.

In 1998, Self sued AT&T Inc. over fees the phone company added to her cell phone bill. The fees, which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandated, supported AT&T’s contributions to the Universal Service Fund (USF). The fee amount was based on the company’s revenues from all in-state calls between January 1998 and October 1999.

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