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ESA, AICC Join Forces to Aid PBFAA in Challenge of Telephone Deregulation

Posted By Bob Ogle, Tuesday, September 11, 2012

ESA is working closely with the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC) to support the Pennsylvania Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (PBFAA) in its challenge of potential deregulation of the state’s telephone industry.

At its meeting earlier this month, AICC began determining whether to contact the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with its concerns about the legislation, or to work within the state legislature. The legislation, which is heavily supported by Verizon, could have far-reaching implications for competition in the electronic security sector.

According to the bill’s sponsor, House Bill 2496 seeks to "phase out regulation of telecommunications utilities by the Public Utility Commission and permit the development of free market competition between traditionally regulated telecommunications carriers, cable companies, VoIP carriers, and wireless carriers.” The legislation would permit a telecom carrier to use "any available technology to provide lifeline service” without subjecting that technology to regulation.

Verizon officials have previously denied any interest in security services, and say the bill is meant to "level the playing field” with other entities such as cable companies in regards to voice services.

Tags:  deregulation  government relations  telecommunication  telecoms 

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