AT&T rates go through the ceiling

By tovarichpeter   follow   Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 9:45am PST   ↑ Like   ↓ Dislike   451 views   4 comments   Watch (0)   Share   Quote  

http://www.sfgate.com/technology/dotcommentary/article/AT-amp-T-rates-skyrocket-since-deregulation-4204388.php

In this file photo, Louie Rocha Jr. prepares lines for new telephone wire for AT&T  in San Bruno, Calif. Photo: Adm Golub, The Chronicle In this file photo, Louie Rocha Jr. prepares lines for new...

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zzyzzx   befriend (10)   ignore (6)   Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 10:05am PST   Like   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 1

Since fall 2006, AT&T's price for flat-rate landline phone service has leaped 115 percent, from $10.69 per month to $23, according to information from the commission.

Isn't everything else twice as much from 2006 as well?

jvolstad   befriend (4)   ignore (3)   Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 11:17am PST   Like   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 2

The last time I had a landline (2007), my service was a low cost metered plan. $5.95 a month for 25 outgoing calls.

APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   befriend (27)   ignore (33)   Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 11:40am PST   Like (1)   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 3

At least they're not fucking the rate payers in the ass and eating their pets.

curious2   befriend (4)   ignore (5)   Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 1:04pm PST   Like   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 4

From the article:

"In August 2006, the California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to allow AT&T and other companies that provided local telephone service to raise prices at will.

Then-Commissioner Rachelle Chong, a Republican, credited as the driving force behind the deregulation plan, argued that growing competition from Internet phone service and cell phones would keep prices low."

According to the comments, you can complain directly to former Commissioner Chong at Comcast, where she is now VP of Government Affairs: rachelle_chong@cable.comcast.com. By a remarkable coincidence, you can also switch to AT&T's sole competitor: Comcast, which charges about the same. Revolving door crony capitalism, same story different day.

See also, "How the Profits Upkeep Commission Helps PG&E Pick Your Pocket."

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