HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Advocacy groups and a dominant telecommunications company are fighting over Connecticut legislation that would relax regulations to reflect major shifts from land line phones to cellphones.
AT&T, which is regulated by the state, is backing legislation that would end some regulations it says make it difficult to compete with unregulated cellphone and cable company telephone providers. Legislation would reduce auditing requirements and limit some regulatory oversight.
AT&T says outdated rules divert investment from newer technology. A committee in the legislature has backed the bill, which would change rules dating to when AT&T was a monopoly that faced little competition.
Labor and consumer groups say legislation would allow AT&T to cancel services in unprofitable areas, putting at risk service for senior citizens, rural residents and businesses that use land line phones.
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