Telecom dereg opponents send letter to Senate

Opponents of the telecom deregulation bill that will be voted on in the Senate Monday sent a letter to the whole Senate Friday warning that the bill would lead to increased phone bills and decreased consumer protections.

The bill, S2664, has been the subject of intense lobbying by consumer and industry groups.

In a statement, the letter’s 23 co-authors say: “This bill, rather than promoting fair and robust market competition, is an unnecessary and dangerous give-away to telephone and media corporations.”

However, industry supporters – mainly Verizon – argue the bill is necessary in heavily over-regulated New Jersey and say that its passage will help create jobs.

A copy of the letter can be viewed:

Telecom dereg opponents send letter to Senate