Phone Deregulation Clears Hurdle

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi would lose most of its remaining regulatory authority over AT&T under a bill that passed in the House of Representatives.

Telephone service in Mississippi was mostly deregulated in 2006, ending the Public Service Commission's traditional power to set rates.

House Bill 825 would remove remaining PSC rate-making authority over 30,000 local-only landlines.

The PSC and some consumer advocates fought the bill.

The measure also ends AT&T's obligation to serve as company of last resort for landline customers in its traditional territory, and requirements that it file service and financial data with the PSC.

AT&T says the requirements are unfair burdens that competitors don't bear.

The Senate deleted a study committee to examine what phone companies pay each other for switching calls. The House agreed to the change, 86-34.

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  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Apr 11, 2012 at 04:21 PM
    those people who do not study history, is doomed to repeat it.
  • by CC on Apr 10, 2012 at 09:27 PM
    WOW! They must really greased some palms during the elections.
  • by Ed on Apr 10, 2012 at 09:54 AM
    Yes I'm sure we can all trust AT&T to always do the right thing for the people of the great state of Mississippi. WHAT A JOKE! Republicans are helping no one but their FAT CAT buddies.Long Live Brandon Presley.
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