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Help the Fight for Real Telecom Competition in Illinois-- here's a sample letter to the editor for you to send or use in crafting your own letter to your local newspaper or elected official. Good luck!
In 2005, Illinois lawmakers will have the chance to completely rewrite the state telecommunications law, some parts of which are more than a decade old. That means consumers have a chance to see more choices in new products and services, but only if the legislature opens the telecom market to more competition.
We’ve seen a world of change since the last time the law was completely redrafted. Digital mobile phones with national calling plans have become commonplace and have replaced the high-priced, limited range cellular phones that were used only by a select few. Consumers are now surfing the Internet from home at speeds that were unimaginable just a few years ago.
Unfortunately, some current state regulations are geared more toward technology developed in the 1800s than today. What we need is a law for tomorrow. The law in its current form has eliminated just enough regulations to give consumers a taste of the enhanced services, technological innovations, and competitive prices a free market offers.
Illinois consumers and businesses deserve world-class telecommunications products and services. Without the innovations that a free market encourages, our state’s economy will be at a competitive disadvantage. The General Assembly must take this opportunity to eliminate the outdated regulations that stand in the way of progress.