AB2395: California Legislation Would Spell Destruction of the Landline Network
Update Friday, May 27th: AB2395 has been left in the “suspense” file and will likely not be moving through the legislature this year. All your calls, e-mails, and letters made a difference! Thank you for taking action to defend our landline telephones!
AB2395 is a bill currently before the California State Legislature that would permit AT&T to eliminate our essential copper landline network.
The bill would trigger the loss of thousands of solid union jobs, while reducing communication choices, and cutting off people who depend on wired systems including seniors, rural residents and those with electrical sensitivities.
AB2395 is purely about boosting AT&T’s profits while reducing consumer choices, harming rural areas of the state, and giving regulated corporations a free pass to destroy valuable public infrastructure while only offering vague references to alleged benefits.
AT&T and their shareholders would like nothing better than to escape their historical mandate to provide safe, reliable, affordable telecommunications to Californians. However, the potential economic damage resulting from the severing of this key, high quality, communications infrastructure is significant.
Further privatizing and deregulating essential public services will leave us not with advanced technologies but with systems that are less safe, less reliable, and less affordable. If AT&T succeeds in pushing this damaging bill through, it is the public who will lose while AT&T reaps ever greater profits.
Take Action Now – Make Phones at the State Legislature Ring Off the Hook.
The California Assembly bill, AB 2395, that AT&T is pushing through the legislature to deregulate and discontinue analog copper landline phone service, has been referred to the Committee on Appropriations, who placed the bill on suspense on May 25th. They will vote on the bill Friday, May 27th.
We were told by Assembly staff, that if the bill passes Appropriations, it would then go to the full Assembly earliest May 31. If it has not passed the Assembly by June 3rd, the end of the legislative session, then the bill dies. If the bill passes the Assembly, it goes on to the Senate earliest in August.
You can read the bill, and its amendments since the Committee on Utilities and Commerce hearing a couple of weeks ago, here: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2395
Assembly members are getting a lot of calls about this bill, so please keep calling (see contact info below). If you e-mail Assemblymembers, they may not register much more than the subject line, so please write in the subject line: I OPPOSE AB 2395
CONTACT ASSEMBLYMEMBERS. USE YOUR LANDLINE. (BATCHES OF EMAIL ADDRESSES TO COPY AND PASTE AS WELL AS FAX NUMBERS, AT BOTTOM)
You can also find online email forms for each committee member here: http://apro.assembly.ca.gov/membersstaff
Fax: (916) 319-2128
Lorena S. Gonzalez (Chair)
Fax: (916) 319-2180
Frank Bigelow (Vice Chair)
Fax: (916) 319-2105
Fax: (916) 319-2150
Susan A. Bonilla
Fax: (916) 319-2114
Fax: (916) 319-2118
Ian C. Calderon
Fax: (916) 319-2157
Ling Ling Chang
Fax: (916) 319-2155
Fax: (916) 319-2169
Susan Talamantes Eggman
Fax: (916) 319-2113
Fax: (916) 319-2103
Fax: (916) 319-2156
Fax: (916) 319-2148
Chris R. Holden
Fax: (916) 319-2141
Brian W. Jones
Fax: (916) 319-2171
Fax: (916) 319-2133
Fax: (916) 319-2120
Fax: (916) 319-2153
Donald P. Wagner
Fax: (916) 319-2168
Shirley N. Weber
Fax: (916) 319-2179
Fax: (916) 319-2102
Fax: (916) 319-2181
Pedro R. Reyes, Chief Consultant (Public Safety, Veterans)
Chuck Nicol, Deputy Chief Consultant (Elections, Higher Education, Judiciary, Transportation)
Jennifer Galehouse, Deputy Chief Consultant (Environmental Safety, Natural Resources, Utilities and Commerce)
Misty Feusahrens, Principal Consultant (K-12 Education, Labor)
Lisa Murawski, Principal Consultant (Health and Insurance)
Jennifer Swenson, Principal Consultant (Human Services, Local and General Government)
Luke Reidenbach, Senior Consultant (Agriculture, Finance, Governmental Org., PERSS, Rev and Tax)
Tresha Petit-Phar, Prinicipal Assistant
Laura Lynn Gondek, Committee Secretary
EMAIL ADDRESSES IN BATCHES TO CUT AND PASTE:
(I would send to all three batches, but separated them here, in case others have a different approach, or your email accounts have a recipient limit.)
Author and Appropriations Committee Members:
Chiefs of Staff:
(in case you have a fax machine that allows sending to multiple recipients)