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States Closer To Regulating Wireless Bills

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Oct 9, 2006, 3:02 PM   by (staff)

The FCC has lost a round to the states in the fight over who has the right to regulate wireless billing practices. A three judge panel in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the FCC cannot pre-empt the states' right to define billing practices for wireless carriers and other utilities. The states are not attempting to regulate how much carriers charge, but rather how the carriers list and present charges. The FCC's domain over distributing and defining spectrum is not in question. The FCC will ask the 11th Circuit Court re-hear the case. Previous decisions from the 11th and 8th Circuit Courts gave the FCC the right to pre-empt states' consumer laws that affected wireless carriers' billing practices. The 8th Circuit Court ruling still stands, however the Supreme Court is expect to decide this week whether it will hear an appeal on the case.

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theyellowdart

Oct 10, 2006, 11:14 AM

something smells

why would the fcc be fighting this so much if there wasn't something wrong to begin with? i hope they stick one to the greedy wireless industry. Very Happy Paranoid
Maybe for the same reason why the FCC is trying to assume the authority to decide what is or isn't "decent." They seem to like having power. The psychology of that will always be open to interpretation, but it's not a new behavior for the FCC.
theyellowdart said:
why would the fcc be fighting this so much if there wasn't something wrong to begin with? i hope they stick one to the greedy wireless industry. Very Happy Paranoid


They're fighting because they're s...
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This has nothing to do with the taxes themselves. That is not what is being fought over. This is about how the taxes are being presented on the bill. It is not pro- or against the wireless industry.
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krickt

Oct 9, 2006, 4:11 PM

OOOOOOOKlahoma!

Has an awesome corporation commision. Would that be cool if they made some of these companies pay back over charging fees, like our Corporation Commision did to SBC about a decade ago.
 
 
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