Site unmasks telecom prices


A nonprofit has created a website to demystify the price differences between phone and internet service providers.

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Citizens Utility Board, a Portland-based nonprofit consumer advocacy group, has created a website to demystify the price differences between phone and internet service providers.

Funded with $1 million from a Qwest Communications International state deregulation pact, the website aims to make pricing information easy-to-understand.

In a market economy, consumers have a choice among multiple products and can select the best for them based on pricing and features. But Jeff Bissonnette, CUB’s organizing director, said telecommunications pricing is too complicated for the free market to function.

It can be exhausting to search through a company’s online pricing, or price out a service on the phone with customer support operators.

So CUB did the legwork for you. It hired staffers to scour the Internet for pricing information, then spent “several hundred hours” last fall checking prices with telecom providers, according to Bissonnette.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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