Why do I need a phone line connected to my gas meter?

Once you have signed your contracts with a marketer and BC Gas, you will need to install an analogue telephone line to your gas meter. The utility company will install a device called an AMR (Automatic Meter Reader) on the gas meter, and hook up to the telephone line. This device will record the daily consumption, and download the data through the telephone line. The download is done in the evenings or at night, and you will not even be aware of the phone connection. It is only a download system, and cannot interfere with any other telephone transactions or computer systems. The utility company requires the daily consumption, in order to tally overall daily consumption data to determine if the marketer has delivered the correct supply volumes for their customers.