Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Reports That Bell Firms Overcharge Subscribers Erroneous, Says Official

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Reports That Bell Firms Overcharge Subscribers Erroneous, Says Official

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WASHINGTON - A consumer group's report that Bell telephone companies are overcharging phone subscribers while building billions in profits is erroneous and misleading, a Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. spokesman said Wednesday.

"First of all, telephone bills in Oklahoma are considerably below the national average," said Kerry Hibbs, Southwestern Bell's district manager for external affairs in Oklahoma City. "Also, they are trying to compare apples and oranges and you just can't do that."

Officials of other Bell companies, spun off American Telephone and Telegraph Co. in 1984 after a court-ordered break-up, called the report "a tired old tune gone flat."

The companies say a Consumer Federation of America report released Tuesday is also off-base in predicting that replacing limits on phone companies' profits with rate caps and other forms of price regulation will raise rates significantly.

The report, ``Take the Money and Run,'' said the local phone companies have charged consumers nearly $6 billion in four years. …

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