NEW YORK — New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo called a bill to help pay for cell phone bill payments “ridiculously.”
The New York Times reported that Cuomo called for a moratorium on new phone billing systems, and urged the state to consider other options for paying for cell service.
Cuomo also said the state should consider charging consumers who are paying for cable and wireless service to pay off their bills.
Cuomo said that the bill he signed on Monday would have no effect on existing cell phone rates, which have been frozen in place for months, and that consumers would pay as much as they would if they were buying cell phones through AT&T.
He did not elaborate.
“I am pleased that the Governor is listening to the call of the millions of New Yorkers, who are not paying their cell phone bills,” Cuomo said.
“We should be investing in this essential technology that keeps our homes and our businesses running and our families safe.”
Cuomo’s announcement came a day after AT&s top executive said the company was considering a new, mobile phone-related pricing scheme.
Cuomo’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
Cuino also said that he was working on legislation that would allow New Yorkers to keep their existing phone bill, and he added that it could not be guaranteed that a phone bill would be paid for by the state.
Cuono also signed a bill that would prohibit local governments from using their own property to sell cell phones.