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Re: California Declares Free Market Broken, Recommends Price Controls For Phone Services
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2008 14:23:25 -0400

If Pennsylvania had the guts they would demand that Verizon honor the promise they made re broadband many years agoo when they got a big increase. But no dice. djf


Begin forwarded message:

From: Lauren Weinstein <lauren () vortex com>
Date: August 16, 2008 1:37:20 PM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Cc: lauren () vortex com
Subject: Re: [IP] Re: California Declares Free Market Broken, Recommends Price Controls For Phone Services


Dave,

Deregulation of phone service pricing in California by the CPUC was,
as I recall, specifically predicated on the telcos' promises that
price increases would not get out of hand.

If the telcos have taken their usual approach to dealing with
such promises to regulators and legislators (that is, treating them
as inoperative as rapidly as possible) it is completely appropriate
that the CPUC re-regulate as per the terms of the deregulation.

Part of the reason that the ISP access situation in the U.S. is so
limited in a practical sense for most consumers is that we allowed
all manner of deployment and other ISP promises in that sector to be
ignored by those ISPs as well.

--Lauren--
Lauren Weinstein
lauren () vortex com or lauren () pfir org
Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800
http://www.pfir.org/lauren
Co-Founder, PFIR
  - People For Internet Responsibility - http://www.pfir.org
Co-Founder, NNSquad
  - Network Neutrality Squad - http://www.nnsquad.org
Founder, PRIVACY Forum - http://www.vortex.com
Member, ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
Lauren's Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com

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Begin forwarded message:

From: "Gerry Faulhaber" <gerry-faulhaber () mchsi com>
Date: August 16, 2008 12:24:46 PM EDT
To: <dave () farber net>
Subject: Re: [IP] California Declares Free Market Broken, Recommends
Price Controls For Phone Services

[for IP, if you wish]

Wow!  Price controls for phone services.  Well, why not?  It worked so
well the first time around didn't it?

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" George
Santayana, The Life of Reason, 1905

Gerry Faulhaber

----- Original Message ----- From: "David Farber" <dave () farber net>
To: "ip" <ip () v2 listbox com>
Sent: Saturday, August 16, 2008 11:17 AM
Subject: [IP] California Declares Free Market Broken, Recommends Price
Controls For Phone Services


http://consumerist.com/5037810/california-declares-free-market-broken-recommends-price-controls-for-phone-services


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