The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a public hearing in Ringgold on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. to hear the community’s opinion regarding a proposed rate increase for Ringgold Telephone Company (RTC) customers. AT&T has made allegations to the PSC, the regulatory body of public utilities, that RTC’s rates are too low. As a result, the PSC is holding a rate case to investigate the fees RTC charges their customers.
Officials said, "AT&T and cable television interests want the PSC to raise RTC’s customers’ rates by approximately 20%. RTC is against this proposed rate increase. These competitors are instigating this rate increase to make it more difficult for RTC to compete. Chickamauga Telephone Company (Chickamauga) is also being affected by these actions."
“Throughout our history, RTC has been committed to providing customers with the highest quality, most affordable telecommunications service available,” said Alice Evitt Bandy, president and owner of Ringgold Telephone Company. “Today, AT&T and CTAG are attempting to diminish RTC’s value as the premier provider of telecommunications service. We strongly oppose this anti-competitive attempt to raise our customers’ rates.”
On Aug. 13, the PSC will have a public hearing, allowing the community an opportunity to share their opinion about a potential rate increase. The hearing will be held at the Ringgold Courthouse; 877 Lafayette Street; Ringgold, Ga., at 7 p.m.
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