Wis. bill would deregulate landline phone service
April 20, 2010
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A lawmaker pushing to deregulate landline telephone providers in Wisconsin says he believes the measure will pass the Assembly on Tuesday with broad support.
Rep. Josh Zepnick of Milwaukee says the bill backed by AT&T is a response to the shrinking number of customers with landline phones. He says the plan would free up providers to spend more money expanding broadband access and installing wireless towers.
Rep. Gary Hebl of Sun Prairie says he is concerned the bill would eliminate consumer protections. He says he will push for an amendment to allow the Public Service Commission to retain its authority to investigate complaints over landline service and another to expand that authority to cell phones.