CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1988
As the commissioner assigned to telecommunications matters now before the Public Utilities Commission, and its representative at the recent legislative hearing, I am compelled to respond to Assemblywoman Gwen Moore's column on recent developments in telecommunications regulation in California ("PUC's Phone Scheme Is a Wrong Number," Op-Ed Page, Nov. 14). New technology and growing competition in telecommunications have led to numerous regulatory changes in the past 10 years. As monopolies have been eroded in various segments of the industry, federal and state regulators have relaxed regulation and offered the telecommunications industry greater flexibility.
September 28, 2008
It amazes me that people complain about irresponsible Democrats who want to raise their taxes, totally ignoring the tremendous burden of the Iraq war, the unaccounted billions given to selected subcontractors to carry out this war, etc., and the deregulation philosophy of the Republican Party. In the Sept. 19 story ("PUC says phone rates can rise 30%"), the California Public Utilities Commission says that telephone companies will be allowed to raise rates 30% in 2009, and an additional 23% in 2010, with the final goal of totally deregulating the companies.
January 29, 1985 |
American Telephone & Telegraph Co. said Monday that it earned $1.38 billion in 1984, its first year of operation after divesting its 22 Bell System telephone companies. The profit trailed both AT&T's initial forecast and current estimates of some Wall Street analysts, and AT&T Chairman Charles L. Brown said: "We expected to do better." "We intend to do better in 1985 and better still in the years ahead," Brown said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1985
Even though the telephone company breakup occured a few years ago we are still feeling the effects. Not too long ago the phone company began charging us for directory assistance calls (current Pacific Bell charges are five free calls per month on a residence phone and 25 cents a call thereafter). Those of us who are library users knew that we could still call or go to many of our local public libraries and get this information for free, using their extensive collections of telephone books from many parts of the country.
April 29, 1997 |
Two long-distance telephone companies have been ordered to stop adding customers in California during investigations of possible "slamming," or signing up customers without permission, the state Public Utilities Commission said. L.D. Services Inc. of Santa Fe Springs is accused of slamming more than 20,000 customers, most of them Spanish-speaking. The company could not be reached for comment. PUC investigators have been examining L.D.
July 6, 2003
Admittedly, telephone regulation issues can be complicated and beg for simplification. But not the kind of simplification columnist Michael Hiltzik provided ("SBC, It's All in the Way You Look at It," June 23). For example, California's 1989 New Regulatory Framework for telephone companies was the first of its kind, starting a form of oversight that has been copied by most states. It directly limits phone company prices while requiring quality service, all in ways that insulate customers from the financial effects of competition.