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Fri January 31, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs AT&T-Backed Bill Ending Landline Service Requirement

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A bill backed by AT&T that would deregulate telecommunications in Kentucky has passed the state Senate.

Senators voted 34 to 4 on Thursday in favor of the bill. It would end requirements for telephone service providers to offer landlines to urban areas. It would also prohibit the Public Service Commission from arbitrating consumer complaints over broadband services.

AT&T contends the legislation will allow it to invest in high-speed broadband and Internet telephone services, and that the bill won’t affect existing services in rural areas.

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