They must be popping the corks at AT&T, Bellsouth, and other local phone services suppliers. And those corks are going directly in the eyes of the Alabama Public Service Commission and Alabama consumers.
The Alabama Phone Deregulation end game - ended.
On Thursday, the Alabama House approved the Senate phone deregulaton bill (sponsored by Rodger Smitherman, President Pro Tem of the Senate) that completely deregulates all land line service in Alabama. Not only that, it strips the Public Service Commission of any regulatory authority over prices, service, or quality.
Now, it goes to the governor to sign or not. Remember though, that the Legislature can override vetos by a simple majority, which pretty much renders a Governor's veto irrelevant.
This bill helps somebody - and it's not consumers in this state - particularly rural residents.
I was able to ask Congressman Artur Davis a queston about it in Birmingham on Friday, and that video is on the flip. I emailed the Ron Sparks campaign for a reaction (at least I contacted them in the only way possible, which is to fill out the "volunteer" form on the Web site and leave a comment - anyone know how a better way to contact the campaign? PLEASE?), but don't have a response yet. And, as you watch the Davis video, you'll see that we're actually waiting on a response from him as well.
Watch the video on the flip. And ask your legislator his he/she supported this legislation. Why or why not?