Stop Deregulation of Telecom in New Jersey
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We want to alert you to an urgent matter pending before the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (“BPU” or the “Board”) regarding telecommunication oversight: In the Matter of the Board’s Investigations Regarding the Reclassification of Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) Services as Competitive - Phase II, Docket No. TX11090570. The BPU and the telecommunication industry are attempting to quietly and quickly implement a proposal which would eliminate some of the few remaining consumer protections for local phone service. These actions will immediately harm our membership and the public.
The BPU initiated proceedings in 2011 to determine whether longstanding consumer protections of certain services provided by telecoms should be eliminated. Formally, the telecoms requested that services of Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (“ILEC”) be reclassified as “competitive.” This stipulation would immediately deregulate residential service, single line business, installation charges and directory assistance. It also keeps service quality requirements for only 3 years with a reassessment for perhaps another two, but is unclear what happens once the deregulation occurs. Without formally making a decision, the BPU has instead rubberstamped an agreement without any public notice or comment.
The telecommunication industry tried and failed to convince New Jersey legislators to pass a law eliminating these same consumer protections. Having failed legislatively, they are now using the BPU to achieve their objectives. We urge you click on the following linkhttp://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop-the-reclassification-of-incumbent-local to sign a petition contesting this action to be delivered to the BPU. Do not access from company computer or on company time.
Robert W. Speer
IBEW Local 827