A plan that would have those who do not want to change from analog to digital meters pay $10\/month fee plus an initial opt-out fee of $75 was delayed Dec. 4 by the California Public Utilities Commission. This delay causes \u201cmore debate and anguish,\u201d said commission president Mike Peevey. He added that allowing communities like Sebastopol and Fairfax to refuse new meters is \u201cmind boggling.\u201d Using the underlying assumption of those who want to hold on to analog meters that electro-magnetic frequencies from those meters are unhealthful, commissioner Mike Picker noted that communities that want to opt out en masse should also remove other electro-magnetic field sources like wireless communications for computers and cell phones. \u201cI was a skeptic,\u201d about the potential health implications of digital meters, said commissioner Mike Florio. \u201cBut I\u2019m reluctant to ignore the pleas we\u2019ve heard for all these years,\u201d he added. Any decision on the costs and requirements of \u201csmart\u201d meter opt-outs is expected at the end of the year. In the proposed decision opting out would allow utilities to increase their revenues by $36.7 million.