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Gov Agency Says FCC Not Doing Enough

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Dec 10, 2009, 3:02 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

After undertaking an examination of the Federal Communication's practices, the General Accountability Office of the U.S. believes that the FCC can and should do more to look out for consumers. The GAO believes the FCC needs to "ramp-up" oversight of the wireless industry and do a better job of enforcing rules that are meant to protect consumers. The CTIA issued a response, implying that the entire industry will work harder to meet consumers' need. The FCC itself has not yet responded publicly to the GAO report.

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Dec 10, 2009, 10:01 PM

As far as I'm concerned...

...any laws put into effect to protect the consumer from carriers are a good thing.
FCC: Carriers can no longer charge Early Termination fees.

Carriers: Fine, you either buy the phone retail, or you buy out of your contract (and we'll keep phones free)

Dec 10, 2009, 4:04 PM

ABout time?

About time someone realized with all the messaging bundles and plan prices growing right?
The Government should just bud out and let these companies ruin our lives.

The Obama admin and all this government is taking over our lives and are hand feeding us like we are children...

We want to get d!cked with no Vaseline by these big comp...
How did Government stepping in work out for the auto and aircraft industry.
And who, may i ask, has a gun to your head telling you that you MUST have a cell phone?

Dec 11, 2009, 8:25 AM

Is this REALLY what the FCC should do?

From the FCC's website: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.

As much as I like protecting consumers, I don't see how that job falls within the jurisdiction of the FCC, if the above quote is their mission statement. Let's take cell phones out of the mix. If the price of AM/FM radios doubled overnight, would the FCC be able to tell manufacturers and retail stores not to charge the higher prices, or would the FCC b...
very interesting. i understand that cell phones use radio waves to communicate but that mission statement said they regulate radio communications themselves, not the companies contracts with their customers.
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