Congressman Peter Welch is critical of a plan that
would protect telephone companies from lawsuits if they allowed federal
wiretaps without a proper court order. The Bush administration says the electronic
surveillance was part of the war on terror – and companies shouldn’t be
penalized for cooperating.
State consumer advocates say they have concerns
about a plan by AT&T to acquire a large piece of Unicel’s wireless phone
service in Vermont.
The AT&T acquisition is part of a major
re-shuffling of cell phone providers in the state.
The Douglas Administration says regulators should reject FairPoint Communications’ bid to buy Verizon’s phone business unless strict conditions are met.
The Department of Public Service says Fairpoint has to agree to improve service quality and expand its broadband network.