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Kohl has hearing with cell phone company execs, questions fee hikes

U.S. Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin says more than one trillion text messages were sent last year using cell phones, and the growing popularity has resulted in many phone companies doubling their prices in the last two years.

Kohl recently held a hearing on Capitol Hill with executives from major cell phone providers, such as Verizon and AT&T.

He wanted to know why prices were going up, even though the cost of handling text messages had not increased.

He says there was no indication of collusion between providers. Kohl is worried about a lack of competition in the industry.

Four companies control 90 percent of the U.S. market. He says the federal government needs to encourage more competition in the cell phone industry so consumers don't get gouged.