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Sprint, T-Mobile Take Regulatory Battle to Supremes

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Feb 28, 2007, 3:23 PM   by (staff)

A fight over state versus federal jurisdiction of wireless carriers may head to the Supreme Court. Sprint and T-Mobile have asked the court to review a decision by the 11th Circuit Court regarding the carriers' right to charge consumers additional "recovery fees" for taxes and and other charges levied on carriers rather than absorbing the cost as other businesses do. While many state utility commissions have been trying to end this practice, the FCC issued a ruling allowing carriers to continue as long as they clearly itemized what each fee was for. But a 1993 law gave states the right to regulate terms and conditions of mobile phone service other than service rates. The states used this to contest the FCC ruling in the 11th Circuit Court and won. This decision will allow state regulatory agencies to determine whether carriers can levy additional fees unless Sprint and T-Mobile can get their case heard by the Supreme Court and win.

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Hipocrites crossedsignals Mar 2, 2007, 7:00 PM
two of the worst companies... crackberry Feb 28, 2007, 4:52 PM
I am glad to be on Prepaid Zulu Queen of the Dwarves Feb 28, 2007, 5:13 PM
 
 
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