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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Singleton shuts down Senate over phone deregulation bill

The Alabama Senate adjourned Wednesday morning as Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, filibustered over a bill that would limit the jurisdiction of the Alabama Public Service Commission over residential phone service after 2010.
The bill would ensure that voice over Internet protocol is also not under the commission's jurisdiction.
Singleton said he had concerns about deregulating the phone industry and how the industry could increase costs to residents in the state without oversight.
The senator filibustered for an hour before the Senate adjourned until Thursday morning.
Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, is the sponsor of the legislation.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

1 Comments:

Blogger BobDobbs23 said...

Good for him. This is a bad bill that removes any Public Service Commission oversight over phone prices. We can see the failures of the so-called free market in every single headline about the current economic crisis. Too bad the legislature wants to roll over for big corporate money from AT&T. Kudos to Singleton.

April 2, 2009 at 8:04 PM  

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