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Opt-out for smart meters undecided

Marshfield Utilities officials say option would increase expenses for all customers

11:12 PM, Feb. 28, 2014
File photo of the new AMI water meters which will be installed by Marshfield Utilities.
File photo of the new AMI water meters which will be installed by Marshfield Utilities.
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A decision has not been made about including an opt-out provision for Marshfield Utilities customers who do not want to have new water and electric meters installed.

The new meters use advanced metering infrastructure, or AMI, also known as smart meters, which transmit data about water and electricity use electronically. The data is transmitted using radio frequencies similar to cellphones, microwaves and Wifi.

Of the utility's more than 13,000 customers, about 25 people have informed the utility they do not want their current analog meters replaced with AMI technology, said Mike ...

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