Robert Speer

Stop the deregulation of telecommunications in New Jersey

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As a New Jersey resident and consumer, I am in opposition to the Proposed Stipulation In the Matter of the Board's Investigation Regarding the Reclassification of Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) Services as Competitive - Phase II, Docket No. TX11090570.

I request that the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the New Jersey State Legislature continue to oversee and protect New Jersey consumers. The telecommunications industry is attempting to deregulate the remaining regulated industry. It first attempted, and failed, to do so through the New Jersey Legislature. Thankfully, our New Jersey legislators listened to their constituents and refused to remove oversight from the telecommunications industry. Having failed to achieve their goals through New Jersey's elected officials, they are now attempting to do so through the Board. As a taxpayer, I am shocked that the BPU appears to be rubberstamping these efforts that will only hurt consumers.

The Proposed Stipulation permits telecommunications companies to avoid their obligations and will harm New Jersey consumers. After several years of promises, much of New Jersey remains without the fiber optic network. Are we to believe that the removal of any remaining oversight over these companies will result in anything other than more broken promises and the erosion of public trust?

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