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FCC Task Force Tackles AT&T, Google, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon

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Jan 26, 2010, 2:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Today the Federal Communications Commission sent letters of inquiry to all four national wireless network operators -- AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless -- and Google over the use of early termination fees. The investigation is being headed by the FCC's new Consumer Task Force. FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said, "I commend the Commission staff for its ongoing and proactive examination of the consumer experience in the wireless marketplace. This inquiry is the first action by the FCC's Consumer Task Force, which was launched last week to tackle these kinds of issues. I look forward to reviewing the responses to the letters and the recommendations from staff regarding next steps." The FCC inquired into Verizon Wireless' recent ETF increase from $175 to $350 late last year and said that Verizon's answers about marketing and customer acquisition costs were troubling. Google was named because of the ETF it charges for Nexus One customers who choose to break their contracts.

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FCC needs to get with the damn program! Phone_Revenger Jan 28, 2010, 4:51 PM
Proclamations waldorfsalad Jan 26, 2010, 6:51 PM
Stupid greedy ass Verizon Chromemember Jan 26, 2010, 2:20 PM
"I deserve a free phone!" No you don't.... Phone_Revenger Jan 26, 2010, 4:45 PM
well, this is it i guess. mbjupiter Jan 27, 2010, 2:53 PM
the full retail price forces contracts Desolationblade Jan 27, 2010, 11:19 AM
Can the FCC *really* be that stupid? trojandrew Jan 26, 2010, 3:50 PM
No subsidies = bad thing bluecoyote Jan 26, 2010, 3:01 PM
Stupid Greedy Ass Customers murmermer Jan 26, 2010, 2:30 PM
Insurance? donjonson410 Jan 27, 2010, 11:45 AM
there is no nocontract deals Desolationblade Jan 27, 2010, 4:46 PM
here it comes! no more subsidies 60dollarcarcharger Jan 26, 2010, 2:09 PM
Good for the FCC... muchdrama Jan 26, 2010, 5:46 PM
Why is Google the only 3rd-party seller named? Globhead Jan 26, 2010, 4:34 PM
All Smoke and Mirrors VZW_insider Jan 26, 2010, 8:12 PM
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