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  • taldarknhansm taldarknhansm Jul 8, 2002 5:22 PM Flag

    SBC , scum bag corporation , DSL SCAM..

    July 5, 2002 Posted: 06:35:09 AM PDT
    - Under a tentative settlement with state regulators, SBC Pacific Bell has agreed to pay what would be a record $27 million fine for billing tens of thousands of customers for high-speed Internet service they never requested.

    Pacific Bell initially downplayed the problems, but on Wednesday recognized them and promised to improve its DSL billing practices and promptly credit improperly billed customers.
    Since 1999, about 800 customers have complained to the state Public Utilities Commission that Pac Bell billed them -- sometimes twice -- for DSL services they didn't order, didn't receive or wanted to drop. Under the settlement, the company acknowledged incorrectly billing between 30,000 and 70,000 customers.

    DSL, which stands for digital subscriber line, is a high-speed Internet service that works over ordinary telephone lines but is
    many times faster than standard dial-up connections.

    "They lied to the public, they lied to the press, and they lied to the commission," said Regina Costa of The Utility Reform
    Network, a San Francisco-based consumer group.
    One customer said that a month after inquiring about DSL service, she received a bill charging her $99.95 for activation and a
    monthly service fee.

    "I didn't even have a computer at the time," said Bobby Schaefer of San Diego. "I was gathering information."

    If approved by the commission and an administrative judge, the $27 million fine will go to the state's general fund. It would be the largest ever levied by state utility regulators, surpassing the $25.6 million Pac Bell was fined last year for misleading marketing tactics.

    Pacific Bell CEO Chuck Smith said the company is pleased with the agreement.
    ( Just glad hes not going to jail over this )

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