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Legislature advances industry bill leaving telecom consumers at their mercy
Counties of Humboldt and Mendocino and many public interest groups opposed
AB 1366 would de-regulate all broadband telecommunications in California, prohibiting the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) from protecting consumers or requiring services for public safety, low income and rural communities.
Access Humboldt joined a coalition of consumer advocates and public interest groups in opposition to the measure. And County of Humboldt filed a strong letter of opposition that is available here: Testimony of Humboldt County opposing AB 1366.
At the first public hearing on AB1366 today (April 24, 2019) in the California Assembly Communications & Conveyance Committee, AT&T and other telecom corporations supported the bill, introduced by Assemblymember Gonzalez who chairs the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Video of that portion of the hearing is available here: