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Add this to your reasons to be disgusted by the big telecom companies.

After a century of offering basic landline phone service to the entire country — a service they maintained in order to convince the FCC to let them keep their Ma Bell-era monopoly — AT&T (as well as Verizon) are lobbying state governments to let them discontinue servicing areas that they decide they don't want to bother with (read: can't afford to pay for their overpriced, boutique "bundle" services).

Worse, the laws have already been changed in 4 states: Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, & Texas — with many other states under heavy lobbying pressure to fall in line as well.

This policy will be a crony capitalist disaster, & not just for the countless people who depend on landline service as their "last resort". Let's see; Grandma needs your help fast? Rural area? Mountains block your cell reception? Can't afford a Cadillac service, or Cadillac services refuse to touch your area? Too bad, so sad. Hope she sent a carrier pigeon in time.

Anyway, with other crap coming up hard & fast as well, I'm sure this will be only the 1st of several Big Telecom-related rants for this week...

11:19 AM PT: 1st time on the rec list! I'm glad I got this conversation going, & I hope lots of people complain to their state legislatures about this.

Also, added "Ohio" to the tags. As one commenter noted, the telecom lobbying is particularly heavy there too.

Originally posted to Brown Thrasher on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 09:43 PM PDT.

Also republished by TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans.

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