No more stand alone land line service - a lifeline for seniors in rural areas
February 11, 2013
Kentucky Resource Council
Editor's Note: CN|2 reported that the measure "sailed" through the Committee despite concerns.
Senate Economic Development Committee to Hear SB 88 - AT&Ts Effort to End Right To Basic Local Phone Service, On Monday Afternoon, February 11
Senate Bill 88, written by AT&T, would end the right of Kentuckians to obtain stand-alone basic telephone service.
Senate Bill 88 would:
• weaken consumer protection, by eliminating the regulatory power of the Public Service Commission over the reliability of basic local service;
• allow AT&T, Windstream and Cincinnati Bell to substitute less reliable wireless voice service for highly reliable landline basic phone service;
• end the right to obtain stand-alone basic phone service; and
• lessen public safety by allowing basic landline service to be replaced by wireless service that may not support home alarm systems.
What are the details of the bill?...