Consumer Advocate Calls on Congress to Protect the Consumer and Oppose Tauzin-Dingell

However, Dramatically Smaller Number of Cosponsors a Good Sign for Consumers



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Consumers' Voice

    INDIANAPOLIS, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- "Without a doubt, the monopolies
 win big today, and the losers are the consumers and small businesses across
 the country who are going to face even greater hurdles in finding choices in
 phone service," said Robert K. Johnson, executive director of Consumers'
 Voice, a telecommunications grassroots advocacy association.  Johnson was
 responding the introduction of HR 1542, the "Internet Freedom & Broadband
 Deployment Act" introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen
 Billy Tauzin (R-LA) and John Dingell (D-MI).
     "Ever since the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Bells
 have fought the implementation of the competitive provisions of the Act in
 both the courts and Congress," Johnson said, "and with today's introduction of
 HR 1542, they have found the vehicle by which to close the door to real
 competition from the entrepreneurs and small businesses guaranteed the
 opportunity to compete five years ago."
     Johnson added, "The Bells have paid record fines for a myriad of service
 problems and anti-competitive tactics, just biding their time in the hope that
 their friends in Congress would relieve them of any accountability to
 regulators and consumers.  They got their wish.  However, it appears that some
 members of the House are actually listening to their constituents, given the
 much smaller number of cosponsors for this bill as opposed to last year's
 legislation."
     Instead of passing HR 1542, Johnson called on members of Congress to take
 steps to eliminate the local telephone service monopoly, through additional
 enforcement mechanisms.  "On behalf of our members across the country, I'm
 asking Congress to look at the Bell's record.  The facts speak for themselves,
 and what they are saying is loud and clear:  Congress should not be rewarding
 the monopolies, they should be protecting American consumers against them."
     Consumers' Voice is an Indianapolis, Ind. based grassroots consumer
 advocacy association that specializes in telecommunication issues.
 
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    INDIANAPOLIS, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- "Without a doubt, the monopolies
 win big today, and the losers are the consumers and small businesses across
 the country who are going to face even greater hurdles in finding choices in
 phone service," said Robert K. Johnson, executive director of Consumers'
 Voice, a telecommunications grassroots advocacy association.  Johnson was
 responding the introduction of HR 1542, the "Internet Freedom & Broadband
 Deployment Act" introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen
 Billy Tauzin (R-LA) and John Dingell (D-MI).
     "Ever since the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Bells
 have fought the implementation of the competitive provisions of the Act in
 both the courts and Congress," Johnson said, "and with today's introduction of
 HR 1542, they have found the vehicle by which to close the door to real
 competition from the entrepreneurs and small businesses guaranteed the
 opportunity to compete five years ago."
     Johnson added, "The Bells have paid record fines for a myriad of service
 problems and anti-competitive tactics, just biding their time in the hope that
 their friends in Congress would relieve them of any accountability to
 regulators and consumers.  They got their wish.  However, it appears that some
 members of the House are actually listening to their constituents, given the
 much smaller number of cosponsors for this bill as opposed to last year's
 legislation."
     Instead of passing HR 1542, Johnson called on members of Congress to take
 steps to eliminate the local telephone service monopoly, through additional
 enforcement mechanisms.  "On behalf of our members across the country, I'm
 asking Congress to look at the Bell's record.  The facts speak for themselves,
 and what they are saying is loud and clear:  Congress should not be rewarding
 the monopolies, they should be protecting American consumers against them."
     Consumers' Voice is an Indianapolis, Ind. based grassroots consumer
 advocacy association that specializes in telecommunication issues.
 
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