The Alabama Public Service Commission announced today that AT&T has voluntarily decided to discontinue third-party billing in Alabama by the end of summer. The Commission is pleased with AT&T’s decision to implement this course of action.
The practice known as “third-party billing” allows merchants to charge for goods or services sold to a customer by including the charges on the customer’s AT&T phone bill. The merchants who utilize third-party billing are typically small to medium sized, internet based businesses.
President Lucy Baxley stated, “One of the first things I did when I took office four years ago was to end cramming by third party vendors. Today I commend AT&T for taking steps to completely eliminate third party billing. What was once a convenience is now a problem for many consumers.