Tom FitzGerald, director of the Kentucky Resources Council, spearheaded the effort against AT&T, which he said used 24 lobbyists, robo-calls and newspaper and broadcast advertising. "Despite that, we prevailed," FitzGerald said. "We worked very well together, and with modest resources, fought a corporate juggernaut that has rolled through statehouses across the country. This was a joint effort to uphold the core principles of universal access, competition, interconnection, affordability, reliability, and safety that have been at the heart of national telecommunications policy for scores of years." (Read more)
Kentucky Senate Bill 88 would have allowed phone companies to stop providing service to new customers in unprofitable areas, or where comparable services, such as cellular service, are available. AT&T had argued the bill was necessary to improve broadband service, Beth Musgrave and Jack Brammer report for the Lexington Herald-Leader.
For background on the issue, including a researcher who tracks it nationwide, click here. We have reported on the issue several times, most recently when the bill was being considered in Kentucky, and how AT&T was accused of using automated phone calls to threaten lawmakers opposing the bill. AT&T denied that.