FRANKFURT, Ky. — ADT Corp. is lobbying Kentucky lawmakers to back off deregulating landline phone service in the state, Public News Service reports.
Senate Bill 99 would allow major phone carriers to stop providing landline service in parts of the state and the traditional service would not have to be provided to any new customers, the news service reports. The bill is now awaiting a vote in the House. Both ADT and consumer advocates want lawmakers to delay deregulation until after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has finished experimental trials on the switch to Internet protocol-based networks.
Steve Shapiro, ADT’s vice president of industry relations, maintains that discontinuing Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) could leave some Kentuckians without reliable access to life-safety alarm services.
“There is some likelihood that alarm systems and/or medical alert systems may not be able to send signals to ADT’s monitoring centers,” Shapiro told the news service.
AT&T has led the push for deregulation, claiming it needs the freedom to use money it currently spends on landline service to continue building its high-speed broadband infrastructure, according to the news service.
Shapiro says while ADT accepts the transition toward wireless, some of its customers who have made the change voluntarily have had troubles after the fact. “We understand we’re heading this way and technology does advance,” he says. “But, we have to be careful that we don’t legislate something before we have all the data knowing there are problems.”
By wizdawiz on March 27, 2014
This is very understandable—as we lost our more reliable POTS service when ATT way oversold us on u-verse. After losing job opportunities (worth thousands) and 2 full weeks of hours of our lives having to chase them to fix the major problems THEY caused, it is TOTALLY reasonable to slow down the adoption of new technology just for the sake of profit! But, rest assured, ATT kept badgering us for full payment on these same failed services they just shoved on us. It has been 7 months and we have yet to have them fully reconcile the accounts and technology problems.
I have never said this sincerely, but it is true in this case, “I would NOT use their u-verse, or trust them (many empty promises were made by the ATT presidents office) even if it were offered at NO COST ! ! !
By Bob Glassman on March 27, 2014
Thought this might be of interest.