The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced its final decision on Friday to drop the price of MTAS for voice services from AU$0.017 per minute to AU$0.0119 per minute from January 1. 

MTAS is a wholesale service that allows consumers to send and receive calls and messages between different mobile phone network providers. If unregulated, it would allow telcos to charge higher prices for incoming calls and text messages from other providers.

In the case of Australia, MTAS has been regulated for almost two decades, and this started out at a rate of AU$0.21 per minute.

In its decision, the ACCC said even though the large mobile network operators (MNOs) might not “respond significantly” to a drop in price, mobile virtual network operators would.

“The ACCC considers that the net impact on the MNOs may have become small as the MTAS represents both a cost and a revenue,” it

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Motorists in the Garden State will have to fork over more at the pump by October, as New Jersey will hike its gasoline tax to try to recoup for lost revenue from lower demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

New Jersey’s Department of the Treasury announced Friday that a gas tax increase of 9.3 cents a gallon will go into effect on Oct. 1, due to lower fuel consumption trends that have been “exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“As we’ve noted before, any changes in the gas tax rate are dictated by several factors that are beyond the control of the administration,” State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio said in a statement.

STATES LAUNCH NEW PUSH FOR TAX HIKES AS CORONAVIRUS SQUEEZES BUDGETS

Under a 2016 law signed by former Gov. Chris

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