Legislators are deliberating Senate Bill 330 that will deregulate landline telephone services in Connecticut.

 

The bill will eliminate oversight of the rates for basic telephone and quality of voice services currently provided by the phone company.  If passed, Frontier could stop offering consumers simple basic service as well as one additional service such as caller ID, call waiting, voice mail and long distance. 

 

It would also enable Frontier to walk away from its voice services in the less profitable areas of the state by failing to maintain service quality standards, disproportionately affecting older, low income and rural residents.  There are 369,000 residential landlines in Connecticut that Frontier primarily continues to serve. Not everyone can access or afford the alternatives to this landline phone service.

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to you to express my opposition to Senate Bill 330, An Act Concerning the Regulation of Voice Service Providers. This bill would harm consumers unnecessarily, particularly older, low income and rural constituents.

SB 330 eliminates regulatory oversight of the rates for basic telephone and quality of voice service provided by the phone company. If you deregulate traditional landline telephone service, the phone company (Frontier) could stop offering services that consist of simple basic service and one additional service, such as caller ID, call waiting, voice mail and long distance and put basic phone service out of reach.

This bill would enable Frontier to walk away from its voice services in the less profitable areas of the state either directly or by failing to maintain service quality standards.






The most recent FCC data shows that there are 369,000 residential landlines in Connecticut that Frontier primarily continues to serve. Not everyone can access or afford the alternatives to this landline phone service. I urge you to oppose legislation that would deregulate landline telephone service which is essential to health and safety.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]