Mass. Debates Cellular Bill of Rights
Oct 10, 2005, 12:20 PM by (staff)
Lawmakers in Massachusetts began debating a mobile phone Bill of Rights last week. The bill would force carriers to disclose dead zones, revise their monthly statements to be more clear and legible, limit contracts to one year and allow customers to terminate their contract with 30 days without penalties. These rights appear to be modeled after the short-lived Bill of Rights that was enacted by the California Public Utilities Commission. Attempts to revive a bill like this in California have failed, however all national carriers still offer most if not all these options to subscribers there. It is possible the mere threat of a bill will coerce carriers to offer the same advantages to Mass. subscribers.
California Reverses Course, Passes Kill Switch Law
The California State Senate today reconsidered a bill it struck down last month, which would require cell phone makers to install kill switches, and passed the bill by a wide margin. The idea behind the law is to make sure all users have the ability to protect their personal data.
Cricket Offering Bill Credits to Switchers
Cricket Wireless recently unveiled an offer meant to lure in customers of competing carriers. Through July 14, Cricket will reward consumers who port in their number with $50 in bill credits.
Bill Would Compel Companies to Break Encryption
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Houses Passes Bill that Could Cripple FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed bill HR 2666, which could interfere with the FCC's ability to enforce net neutrality provisions.
Only one good thing here...
1yr contract restrictions? Goodbye cheap phone...
Disclosing real coverage maps, like T-Mobile now does, is the only good thing I see in this bill. Everything else is really up to the consumer to read and educate themselves. But there is no way to see a real covera