There are two emergency phone access programs. As of now, Tracfone is the only cell phone company cleared to participate in these programs. There is no explanation why the state’s public utility commission has not accepted any other providers into the plan, but for the moment, Tracfone has a monopoly in Ohio.
This isn’t new. Recently, Tracfone’s parent company, America Movil, was hit with a $1 billion fine for “suspected monopoly practices” in Mexico. Movil’s CEO, Carlos Slim, is the richest man in the world.
Tracfone also does not promote the phone access programs available to low-income Ohioans, because they are able to charge 50% more per minute through Tracfone customers who buy their phone service from Wal-Mart.
- Slim’s Slap: Is Mexico Finally Confronting Monopolies? (globalspin.blogs.time.com)