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FCC Looking to Tackle Wireless Industry Head-On

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Aug 21, 2009, 7:47 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

The Federal Communications Commission has formally announced plans to examine a wider range of business practices within the wireless industry. Issues that the FCC are going to explore include the state of competition in the industry, truth-in-billing issues, surcharges and fees, and handset exclusivity deals. The FCC plans to create a more specific list of actionable items at a meeting it is holding next week. Also, Apple, AT&T and Google are all required to submit answers today to questions that the FCC posed several weeks ago regarding the Google Voice application's removal from the iPhone Apps Store.

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Aug 21, 2009, 1:16 PM

What about....

the fact that now the wireless companies, namely big companies like at&t and tmobile are forcing people to get a data plan even if the customer does not need one can't afford one just because they want a smart phone.
That is the dumbest thing I've ever read on Phonescoop.

You don't get free cable just because you bought the "box"

You don't get HD cable just for subscribing to the "basic" package.

The examples go on and on and on. If you don't wanna pay t...
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-If you want a gas guzzler you have to pay a gas guzzler tax (even if you NEVER DRIVE THE CAR)

-If you buy 20 acres you have to pay the increased tax on it, even if you only use the 2 your house and yard sit on

If you "want" something, you are e...
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1. Buy a standalone PDA. They're pretty cheap and still available (I have some colleagues who work in prisons and can't have phones or cameras, so they use separate PDAs).

2. Buy an iPod touch. Almost the same features as the iPhone, but no phone.
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justfinethanku

Aug 22, 2009, 2:07 PM

FCC MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!!!

It's getting waaaaaay out of hand. The government wants to control absolutely everything. It doesn't make sense.

I understand the "public spectrum" issues. But it just seems like a way to gain more control over the people, another way for them to add more fees to bills, tax higher percentages, claim they need more money for one thing or another.

let customers choose for themselves. Honestly. If a cell phone company has a policy that enough people hate, call them on it and get rid of that policy.

The only vote worth anything is the one you cast with your wallet.

18% is the minimum the government taxes us cell phone companies. NOT including the other fees they force us to make you pay. Let them have MORE control and they will t...
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I find it funny that the government takes a higher cut from the typical cellphone bill than most companies get to claim as profit. Talk about messed up.
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andy2373

Aug 21, 2009, 1:28 PM

We'll see

How far this will go. Confused
http://www.intomobile.com/2008/05/14/verizon-wins-67 ... »

There’s nothing like a little government contract-love to fill company coffers with some tasty greenbacks. Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has apparently secured a $678.5 million contract to provide network infrastructure and services to help the US Department of Homeland Security respond more quickly and reliably to emergencies.

As part of the US General Services Administration’s (GSA) $48 billion Networx Universal program, the US DHS has tapped Verizon to integrate the DHS’s 22-agency strong network into a unified IP (Internet protocol) system over the next two years – t
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You are right on about that.

Watch rates rise as companies need money for kickbacks to offer the government in exchange for legislative favors.

Get the government out of private business alltogether. it doesn't belong thier.

and yeah, cell...
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