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Telecommunications Bill Goes to Governor

May 1, 1996
By: Kimberly Lohman
State Capital Bureau

The five year Telecommunications battle is nearly at a close as the bill heads to the governor's desk. Kimberly Lohman reports.

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Without a single amendment to a complex telecommunications bill, the House overwhelmingly approved a measure to open competition among competing telephone and cable companies in Missouri. House bill sponsor Carol Jean Mays says with one exception, most of the cable and telephone companies cooperated in gathering support for the bill.

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Contents: That did not happen with ATT. They came to the hearing and would give us their language for their position and then all of the negative ads begin, & they were behind the ads that were in local newspapers, and i just felt that was not ethical.

In spite of AT&T's opposition, and claims that the bill would raise rates for GTE and United customers, the Public Service Commission says the Telecom bill ultimately protects consumers from price-gouging.

From the state capitol, I'm Kimberly Lohman.