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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, February 6, 2014:
Auctioning Off Electric Customers?
More than three and a half million Pennsylvania electric customers haven't chosen a power provider. As a result, the utilities that supply their electricity depends on where they live. A few years ago before customers had the option to select a provider, geography determined which utility provided their power.
Those three and a half million customers who stayed with their original provider did so by default under the regulations of electric choice in Pennsylvania.
As part of a proposal in the state senate, electric providers would be able to bid on default customers to supply their electricity.
Opponents of the idea say it takes choice away from electric customers, especially residential customers, and may cost them more money in the long run.
One of the people who opposes the auctioning of electric customers is former Pennsylvania Consumer Advocate Irwin Sonny Popowsky, who will appear on Thursday's Smart Talk.
For tips on how to shop for electricity visit PA Power Switch.
10 Years of Facebook
Also, the social media site Facebook turned 10 years old this week.
With 1.2 billion users worldwide, Facebook has changed how people communicate.
We'll discuss the influence of Facebook with Charles Palmer, Exec. Dir. Center for Advanced Entertainment & Learning Technologies/Assoc. Prof. of Multimedia, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.
Charles Palmer, Exec. Dir. Center for Advanced Entertainment & Learning Technologies/Assoc. Prof. of Multimedia, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
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