Claremore Daily Progress

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July 18, 2013

UPDATE: Oklahoma Corp. Comm. to study phone public records

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

But Commissioner Dana Murphy said making public certain kinds of information provided by a telecommunications company could harm competition.

“These are difficult, complicated issues,” Murphy said.

The commission is considering a proposal to abolish a fund created for rural telephone companies to help them cope with increasing competition in the telecommunications industry and allow the companies to obtain Oklahoma Universal Service Fund fees that subsidize services to public schools, libraries and certain health care entities

Wireless companies have asked to see confidential information from rural providers to determine if subsidies from the High Cost Fund are still needed. But the requests have been denied because the information is confidential under terms of a protective order from a 1996 case that established the fund.

 

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