AT&T Obeys Only The Laws They Like

After being fined millions of dollars for engaging in “misleading marketing practices”, AT&T is taking advantage of “new rules that allow California phone companies to unilaterally change certain regulatory provisions without prior approval from state officials.” What? Who the hell decided to let them do that?! AT&T will be ignoring the disclosure agreement, which forced them to reveal to new customers its cheapest service first and to seek permission before making marketing pitches, because…

“We felt this wasn’t fair to customers,” said Gordon Diamond, an AT&T spokesman. “We wanted to streamline the process to make it faster and easier for people to sign up for new service.”

A spokesman from the PUC (responsible for the ignored sanctions) replied, “These requirements were all put in as remedial measures in response to AT&T’s sales practices,” said the PUC’s Brown. “That’s now totally shot to hell.” He said he plans to “raise hell” about AT&T’s filing but isn’t hopeful that other commission members will join him in challenging the revisions.”

Maybe we should help him raise hell. We know that we get enraged when we call about a service issue and have to listen to a marketing speech. We hate that more than we hate Miracle Whip, and we HATE Miracle Whip.You can let the PUC know what you think by calling (866) 849-8390 or sending e-mail to


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  1. This is one of those times where I am downright amazed with how much our government and major corporations let each other fuck over everyone else with little outcry from the general public. I guess since AT&T hooked up the government with an illegal wiretap center in thier offices, the government obliges by letting AT&T ignore some laws also.

  2. Keira says:

    The doctor is surely correct. When the Bush Administration specifically authorizes the NSA to engage in monitoring U.S. citizens in defiance of the congress, and the NSA asks AT&T for a few rooms and access to its trunk lines, why should AT&T bother with petty suggestions from the California legislature?

  3. Mary Marsala with Fries says:

    Only obeying laws they like….Hey, just like the President!

  4. disneygrad says:

    I did work for the “Telephone Company” back when it was MA BELL. Back then, it was a “square-shooter” and highly efficient. And I recall when the Government “for-the-good-of-the-people” broke it up so it would be more responsive. Sad…very sad

  5. Trackback says:

    A turd by any other name is still a turd, but there’s no harm in counting the ways.• They stifle progress Cellular giants know they’ve hit on a winner and they don’t want the landscape moving underfoot. Any change not under their own control is dangerous.