Comment: Seems to me

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Seems to me

that the electric company is well within their rights. Along with your electric service comes permission for the electric company to enter your property to read, maintain and service their equipment, the electric meter.
These electric customers are also given an alternative option. Granted they would have to pay more to have their meter read in person but sending out a person to read the meter costs money. I see nothing wrong with charging for this service.
These electric customers are concerned with safety and privacy. Would you not be more safe and private with a smart meter where a meter reader would not be entering your property monthly? A smart meter would keep strangers out of your yard.
Customers can opt for a smart meter, a meter read in person for a fee or no meter or service. I don't see the problem.