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"Politicians' Telecoms Wronged Consumers"; QAI: A legacy of success or slams?; Commerce official's past includes telecom trouble
This special report by the Pioneer Press exposes ties between the Governor and Auditor of Minnesota and New Access Communications, a telephone company accused of fraud. According to the report, Gov. Tim Pawlenty was a director of NewTel Holdings, New Access' parent company, when complaints were filed against New Access. The complaints accused New Access of "overcharging some customers and tricking others into changing their telephone services." Auditor Patricia Awada was the owner of Capitol Verification, which was a company designed to verify that customers really wanted to change their phone service. However, according to the report, Awada's company did not always complete that goal.
According to dozens of cable industry experts and local activists, San Francisco's cable franchise agreement with Viacom is probably the worst of its kind in California and possibly the country. The San Francisco Bay Guardian looks at how Viacom had City Hall wired and why the city should force new owner Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI) to provide better rates, better services, better public-access opportunities, and better community programming. (Aug. 2, 1995)