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Kansas Legislature approves bill loosening regulations on AT&T phone service

April 5, 2011

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— Kansas is preparing to loosen its regulation of AT&T, the state's largest provider of local telephone service.

AT&T spokesman Aaron Catlin said Tuesday that a deregulation bill approved by the Kansas Legislature will lead to investment and innovation in the state.

But critics believe the measure will lead to higher monthly bills for AT&T customers who want only a single landline in their homes or a few landlines in their businesses.

After lawmakers approved it last week, the bill is now headed to Gov. Sam Brownback.

AT&T will no longer face price caps for stand-alone, local landline service, though the bill says rates in rural areas can't rise above rates in urban areas.

Prices for so-called bundled services have been deregulated in Kansas since 2006.

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Paul R Getto 3 years ago

Rural folk in particular better go back to the old soup cans with string telephones. That's probably all they will be able to afford.

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1983Hawk 3 years ago

On your knees in front of your corporate masters, boys. It's all about deregulation, privatization, and tax breaks for the big boys.

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kernal 3 years ago

There was a survey several years ago for worst consumer service among major corporations in the U.S.; AT&T came in as the second worst. They may have only moved down to third place, but still awful.

Employees attitudes and customer skills are usually a reflection of the senior management and I think that is what AT&T's major handicap is.

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Shardwurm 3 years ago

I haven't had a landline since 2005. Don't miss it.

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scott3460 3 years ago

Well......it's not like some of us didn't try to warn you.

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bobberboy 3 years ago

Cut taxes and take away services to the poor but raise the telephone rates ? Sounds like republicans playing to big business to me.

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Richard Heckler 3 years ago

Looks like the majority of the Kansas legislature is one big special interest group...... being led by Brownback. Surprise surprise.

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ksjayhawk74 3 years ago

Tea, anyone?

(read sarcasm)

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Clark Coan 3 years ago

Kick them when they're down says the Koch-suckers. Make those on fixed incomes pay more. All of those seniors with residential landlines will get price gouged as well as those low-income people with Life Line.

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DeaconBlue 3 years ago

Obamacare=big savings

So much of a savings that you will be able to pay Obama's AT&T obamacare waiver bill

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lawslady 3 years ago

Yea, that's right. Deregulate the for-profit company while at the same time eliminating support (and existence) of KanEd which provides low-cost internet service to schools, hospitals and libraires. ATT cannot afford to pay fees to support KanEd, but when KanEd is elminated, watch how high the price of internet service will be for the poor rural schools out west (if they can even get it at any cost). Who is running this state?

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autie 3 years ago

How much kickback does Governor Lepetomane get if Hedley can get Rock Ridge out of the way for the railroad?

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Richard Heckler 3 years ago

Deregulation = rate increases galore

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