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BUSINESS
June 11, 1999 | Elizabeth Douglass
State regulators lifted price controls on Pacific Bell's inside wire repair services for both business and residential customers, and they granted PacBell's request to double the ceiling price for its residential basic repair plan to $1.20 per month, up from 60 cents. The move drew immediate protests from consumer groups, which argued that the services are not competitive enough to warrant dropping rate controls. The change was approved on a 3-1 vote.
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BUSINESS
February 13, 1999 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pacific Bell told state regulators this week that it has no plans to open California's local toll market to competition until it wins entry into long-distance--an apparent violation of FCC rules recently upheld by the Supreme Court. The move sets the company apart as one of the few continuing to challenge a portion of the federal law that mandates full competition by this past Monday for calls that fall between free local boundaries and long-distance.
BUSINESS
February 27, 1999 | Elizabeth Douglass
A bill introduced in the state Senate would give Californians greater protection against "heavy-handed, high-pressure sales techniques" by phone companies. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Debra Bowen (D-Marina del Rey), would require phone companies to send customers a confirmation letter outlining ordered features and service and detailing how to cancel any unwanted items.
NEWS
July 29, 1999 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state report issued Wednesday said cities, counties and other government agencies are mostly on target with efforts to fix the Y2K problem, although utilities were criticized for failing to reassure the public that power and telephone service will be available, as usual, Jan. 1, 2000. "Everyone is edgy because they're not sure they can rely on phone and electric power," said Mike Jacob, chief consultant to the Assembly Committee on Information Technology, which issued the report.
BUSINESS
March 18, 1999
Long-distance phone companies would be required to give consumers more rate information by posting prices on the Internet, according to a proposal the Federal Communications Commission is expected to approve in a vote at its regular monthly meeting today. The FCC argues that the new rules would help consumers compare rates and conditions for various long-distance services. Consumer groups and other critics have pressed the FCC to do more to rein in long-distance prices.
BUSINESS
January 28, 1999 | Elizabeth Douglass
State regulators wrapped up five days of hearings into allegations that Pacific Bell's sales methods are misleading and result in customers being signed up for services they do not want or need.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY
Two Los Angeles City Council members are urging the city to resist splitting the San Fernando Valley into two area codes. The state Public Utilities Commission this week designated a new 747 code for the southwest Valley should a new code become necessary. But in a motion submitted to the council Tuesday, members Laura Chick of Tarzana and Hal Bernson of Granada Hills urged the PUC to keep the city portion of the Valley under one area code.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Support intensified Wednesday for proposed state legislation that would require phone number conservation measures and block future area code splits and overlays, such as those being proposed for the San Fernando Valley, West Los Angeles and the South Bay. Four of the six state legislators on a committee to draw up a compromise plan voiced skepticism about phone company assertions that additional area codes are needed. The committee will submit its plan to both houses by Friday, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Support intensified Wednesday for proposed state legislation that would require adoption of number-conservation measures and block future splits and overlays, such as those being proposed for the San Fernando Valley, West Los Angeles and the South Bay. Four of the six state legislators named to a conference committee created to draw up a compromise plan voiced skepticism Wednesday of phone company assertions that additional area codes are needed. Committee members include Sens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A joint Senate-Assembly conference committee approved a bill Friday that would halt an overlay and 11-digit dialing in the 310 region and require a study for any new area code or overlay statewide. The 4-1 committee vote sends AB 818 on to the full Assembly and Senate for expected floor votes next week. "This is a tremendous victory," said Assemblyman Wally Knox (D-Los Angeles), who introduced the bill. "If we succeed . . .
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