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BACKGROUND: Thanks to years of advocacy, California has some of the strongest laws in the country protecting residents from redlining in telecommunications services. Redlining is the discriminatory practice by corporations of refusing to offer services to communities based on their race or socio-economic status.
But the not-so-Baby Bells are spending big bucks pushing a bill in the California legislature that does away with these protections, as well as the need to negotiate franchise agreements with local cities and towns.
You see, Big Phone wants one statewide franchise as part of their plan to roll out new pipes and offer video services to compete with Big Cable. Don't get us wrong, more competition and choice are generally good things for consumers – and as our track record shows, we're not fans of Big Cable's market dominance and poor behavior on pricing, customer service and labor relations.
But why do the not-so-Baby Bells need to strike down California's laws against redlining, unless they intend to redline?
And why won't they commit to the same level of support that Big Cable provides in local franchises to each city's public, educational and government channels?
More choice sounds good, but it needs to be for ALL Californians, and not at the expense of our low-income communities.
TIMING: The pro-Redlining bill will be heard in Committee at the California State Assembly on Monday, April 24th.
TAKE ACTION by April 24th: Use the easy form below to email the members of the Committee and express your opposition to this bill.
Please also call Committee Chair Levine (916-319-2040) and Assembly Speaker Nuñez (bill sponsor, 916-319-2046).
Tell them you oppose AB 2987 because you want real choices for ALL Californians. You oppose redlining and you support local video franchises and community media.
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