Should Alabama Deregulate Basic Telephone Services?

Historically, Alabama has required utilities to provide and maintain essential, basic services at a reasonable cost through regulatory process. BellSouth, through its testimony on Senate Bill 114 and House Bill 211 before legislative committees, has acknowledged that provision of basic telephone services across the state is not a profitable endeavor. Is it realistic to expect that for-profit companies, with their primary mission to increase earnings for their stockholders, to continue to provide basic telephone services at a reasonable cost without any regulatory oversight?

This fact sheet  This fact sheet analyzes proposed bills that would deregulate basic telephone services.

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