Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 10:05am PST
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?
Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 1:04pm PST
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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."