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AT&T rates go through the ceiling

By tovarichpeter   2013 Jan 18, 9:45am   643 views   4 comments   watch (0)   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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1   zzyzzx   570/570 = 100% civil   2013 Jan 18, 10:05am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

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?

2   jvolstad   143/143 = 100% civil   2013 Jan 18, 11:17am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

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

3   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch     2013 Jan 18, 11:40am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

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

4   curious2   573/573 = 100% civil   2013 Jan 18, 1:04pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

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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