Laramie, Wy – It was ten years ago that the state passed a bill to deregulate the telecommunications industry. The Deputy Wyoming Consumer Advocate, Denise Parrish, says since then the price of long distance calling has come down an unbelievable amount, though local service is more expensive. She says overall phone service costs about the same as ten years ago. As for competition, Parrish says there is only one place where two companies are competing for local customers head to head, that's in Afton where two companies have built facilities to offer local service.
Parrish says there are actually a lot of companies in the state that can offer local phone service, but most only seek out businesses at this point.
She says theoretically the price of local service will come down in the future.