6:29 am
Tue March 3, 2015

'AT&T Bill' Passes Kentucky Senate, Poised to Become Law

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Major telephone companies won’t have to offer basic landline service to residents in the 15 largest markets in the state if Gov. Steve Beshear signs a bill that passed the state Senate on Monday.

The so-called AT&T deregulation bill removes a requirement that “carriers of last resort” offer packages with 911 calling, operator service and unlimited local calls to those who ask for it in markets of more than 15,000 people.

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12:16 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

So-Called 'AT&T Bill' Passes Ky. House Committee

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 A bill that would ease the requirement for telephone companies to offer traditional landline service in Kentucky’s urban areas passed out of a House committee Thursday.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the bill has been proposed. Kentucky AT&T president Hood Harris said during a hearing on the bill that the state has waited long enough to upgrade its telecommunication laws.

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5:55 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Telephone Service Deregulation Bill Back in the Kentucky General Assembly

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Kentucky lawmakers will again consider the so-called “AT&T deregulation” bill this session. The measure failed to make it out of the House last year after winning Senate approval.

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11:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

FTC Says AT&T Misled Customers About 'Unlimited' Data Plans

An AT&T Wireless store in Philadelphia.
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Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:52 pm

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint in federal court against AT&T over just how unlimited the company's unlimited data plans are. The FTC says that by "throttling," or slowing down, the data of high-volume users, AT&T in fact was not giving users unlimited data. This throttling would sometimes reduce users' data speeds by 90 percent.

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7:12 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Senate Passes AT&T-Backed Deregulation Bill

A bill backed by AT&T that would deregulate telecommunications in Kentucky has passed the state Senate.

Senators voted 34-4 in favor of the bill. It would end requirements for telephone service providers to offer landlines to urban areas.

It would also prohibit the Public Service Commission from arbitrating consumer complaints over broadband services.

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10:52 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Phone Company Restriction Overhaul Stalled in House Committee

Work in Frankfort to overhaul state restrictions on phone companies appears stalled.  The so-called “AT&T Bill” was the subject of a two hour hearing in a House committee Thursday.  Franklin County resident Van Arsdall is a mother of two children and says quick internet access is both costly and essential.

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3:59 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

AT&T Outage Affects MSU, Area Schools

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A severed AT&T fiber optic line in Bowling Green caused an internet outage at Murray State University and some area schools. MSU Network Services Manager Tommy Phillips says the outage affected internet as well as 3G and Edge network services. The outage last around two hours, from just before noon to just before 2 p.m.

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