Oaklahoma: House passes Telephone Deregulation Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has passed legislation to deregulate landline telephone rates in areas of the state where telephone service is competitive.

House members voted 86-12 for the measure Wednesday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

The bill says fees for telephone service in areas where the Oklahoma Corporation Commission says the services are competitive will no longer be regulated by the commission.

The measure is opposed by various consumer groups, including AARP Oklahoma.

The organization says the bill would allow telephone companies to increase rates without full notification to customers, to charge any amount for deposits and charge whatever they want for inside wire maintenance plans.

The bill’s author, Rep. Ron Peters of Tulsa, says he is still working on the measure.

Source: http://www.okcfox.com/template/inews_wire/wires.regional.ok/3edb9101-www.okcfox.com.shtml


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