Alderman: Phone company is redlining

An alderman says AT&T is redlining parts of Evanston by not extending its new U-Verse video and Internet service to certain parts of town.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, said the section of her ward east of Ridge Avenue and south of Oakton Street has been completely excluded from the service.

"Everybody in town ought to have access to this service," Rainey said, but "it's come to my attention through complaints that all neighborhoods are not being treated equally."

Alderman Coleen Burrus, 9th Ward, said parts of her ward can't get the service either.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said he'd invited representatives of AT&T to come to Tuesday's Rules Committee meeting where the issue was discussed.