April 12, 2006

Suffolk Seeks To Stall Phone Deregulation

The Suffolk County Legislature is joining several civic action groups in calling on the New York State Public Service Commission to delay implementing statutes that would further deregulate telephone service in the state.

Other involved organizations include the New York Association for Retired Americans, the AFL-CIO, and Citizen Action.

The new regulations would allow phone companies to charge $24.95 per month for basic service across the state, which would triple rates for service in some areas. Flexible pricing policies would allow companies to charge more for additional services, such as call waiting and voice mail, and the number of customer service representatives and the hours that they work could be reduced.

The PSC was scheduled to meet yesterday to consider the deregulatory changes.

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