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Lawmakers considering bill to allow opt out of "smart meters"

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow customers to opt-out of “smart meters”.

The new meters report usage information via wireless.

A spokesperson for the Wisconsin Utilities Association says the new meters are cost effective and if residents are able to opt-out, that would force companies to hire staff to read those meters, which would likely result in higher utility rates.

Some opponents have raised concerns about privacy and health concerns, but WUA says there is no evidence to support that that.