Senate Committee Advances Phillips-Hill’s Legislation to Reduce Outdated Regulations on Landline Telephone Companies

PHOTO CAPTION: Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), second from left, speaks in support of her legislation during a Senate Communications and Technology Committee meeting at the state Capitol.

HARRISBURG – The Senate Communications and Technology Committee approved legislation authored by Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) that would modernize the state’s Public Utility Code to reflect the changing landscape of landline telephone companies in Pennsylvania.

“The laws that our landline telephone companies are required to follow were written when virtually everyone had landline telephone service in their home,” Phillips-Hill said. “Today, landline telephone companies provide less than 10% of total voice service in Pennsylvania. These companies are now focused on providing reliable, high-speed internet to every Pennsylvanian. It’s time our laws reflect that reality.”

Under Senate Bill 85, the Public Utility Commission would still maintain its oversight regarding customer complaints, 911 service, relay service, obligation to provide voice service, and other critical functions of landline telephone companies. However, the legislation would waive certain sections of the code that were established when landline telephone companies were a monopoly for voice service.

“We need every resource available to make sure this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect Pennsylvanians to high-speed internet is done responsibly and efficiently, which will require the state to streamline and modernize its laws,” she added.

The legislation moves to the full Senate for further consideration.



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