End the World's Richest Man's Ohio Monopoly!
  • Petitioned Todd Snitchler

This petition was delivered to:

Chairman, Ohio PUCO
Todd Snitchler
Commissioner, Ohio PUCO
Paul Centolelia
Commissioner, Ohio PUCO
Cheryl Roberto
Commissioner, Ohio PUCO
Steven Lesser
Commissioner, Ohio PUCO
Andre Porter

End the World's Richest Man's Ohio Monopoly!

    1. Petition by

      ProgressOhio

The world’s richest man has a monopoly in Ohio and it’s hurting the elderly and low income families.

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s cell phone company, Tracfone, is the only wireless service cleared to participate in the two programs that provide emergency phone access in Ohio. Since Tracfone can charge 50% more money per minute at Wal-mart, it has no incentive to promote the programs and save Ohio consumers money. 

Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this problem and you can help!  

Florida was facing the same problem and when businesses were forced to compete, participation increased over 230%.  The Public Utilities Commission decides who can participate in Ohio’s Lifeline Assistance and Link-up programs. Tell them to end Carlos Slim’s monopoly now.

They call Lifeline that for a reason – access to this program is about more than just saving money: 

    "I have 4 children and recently found out that my 7 month old has asthma. Well we did not have a phone and my daughter was having issues breathing fairly often. Not one month after receiving my Lifeline phone, and minutes, did my little one have an asthma attack at 3 am! Luckily I had the telephone to call for help or heaven knows what kind of situation we'd have had! At 3 in the morning I couldn't very well ask a neighbor for their phone, as they would be in bed. Thanks to lifeline my daughter received the help she needed…"

    . – Crystal Johnson, Maryland 

These are fully-funded programs that not only helps Ohioans save money but can literally save lives, help people find jobs and allow the elderly to remain independent. However, if no one knows about it, they can’t participate.

Let’s put an end to this by telling the PUCO to let other wireless companies compete.

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    • Gloria Smith NEWARK, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      It is time we stand up for the poorest and sickest. Stop allowing greedy heartless corporations from taking money these people don't have.

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    • Emily Vazquez-Coulson COLUMBUS, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      Do the right thing--competition is one of America's ideals.

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    • Tom Ostromek NORTH OLMSTED, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      Competition is good if the rules are the same for everyone. The PUCO should encourage this.

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    • Henry Barlow SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      Competition is often seen as the best strategy for insuring fairer pricing. Why not have it in this case also?

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    • Gertrude Kelso CLEVELAND, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      PLEASE ALLOW THIS MONOPOLY TO STOP.

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