- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Colorado regulators are proposing to eliminate rate and service quality supervision of basic land-line telephone service along the Front Range as part of efforts to cut a $50 million subsidy program.

Colorado Public Utilities Commission Chairman Joshua Epel wants to designate areas served by dozens of CenturyLink wire centers as competitive because other providers offer phone service at rates comparable to CenturyLink in those areas.

CenturyLink is currently required to offer bare-bones phone service for $17 a month and meet service quality benchmarks to those areas.

The Denver Post reports (http://tinyurl.com/mamncor ) the commission would continue to regulate emergency services and CenturyLink would still be required to serve as the provider of last resort in remote areas.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com