March 26, 1993 |
California's chief utility regulator offered a plan Thursday to make it easier for California cellular telephone operators to lower their rates, now among the very highest in the nation. And if the operators don't lower them, Public Utility Commission Chairman Daniel Fessler said, "we're going to have to lower rates for them."
September 18, 1993 |
The state Public Utilities Commission ruled Friday that Californians will be able to place local toll calls using the carrier of their choice beginning Jan. 1. But the commission said local phone companies could more than double residential customers' basic rates to help pay for the lower toll charges. Business customers, who make most of the regional long-distance calls, could end up the big winners.
August 31, 2000 |
California lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill that could help reduce the public's area code frustrations by assigning new codes to mobile phones, pagers, data lines and other non-voice services that use phone numbers. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Debra Bowen (D-Marina del Rey), was passed by the Assembly on Tuesday and won final approval in the Senate late Wednesday. Gov. Gray Davis has until Sept. 30 to sign or veto the bill.
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August 22, 1999 |
Legislation that would place stricter controls on area code overlays goes before the state Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, but action very likely will be delayed because of the bill's $529,610 price tag, officials said. The Consumer Area Code Relief Act is one of hundreds of bills expected to come before the 13-member committee when it convenes Monday morning.
June 11, 1999 |
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.
February 13, 1999 |
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.
February 27, 1999 |
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.
July 29, 1999 |
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.
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.
January 28, 1999 |
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.