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Wireless Industry Groups Oppose 'Bill Shock' Legislation

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Jan 12, 2011, 2:51 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Several wireless industry trade organizations, including the CTIA, Rural Cellular Association (RCA) and Rural Telecommunications Group (RTG) have filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission in opposition of proposed Bill Shock legislation. First published in October 2010, the FCC wants wireless network operators to implement a number of measures to help customers avoid overage charges for exceeding monthly limits. The CTIA, RCA and RTG argue that such measures are unnecessary because many operators already have such tools in place and because it would create an undue financial burden for smaller operators. The CTIA also argues that the FCC doesn't have the authority to spearhead such legislation. The comment period for the proposed legislation is almost over. The proposal has several hurdles to clear before reaching "law" status.

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Jan 17, 2011, 12:52 AM

I'm all for personal responsibility... but lets just be real here

Sorry, but "overages" are nothing more than the carriers being greedy. They are obviously designed to extract profits from people

How can anyone justify the fact that two customers can both talk the same amount of minutes, or use the same amount of texts, data, etc. yet one customer pays a flat rate and the other pays hundreds of dollars more?

Not everyone is going to understand how phone plans work or the details of when they are going over, especially little kids.

When you have 2 customers, say for example, that both talk 1000 minutes, and customer A is on a 450 min plan, customer B is on a 1000 min plan, yet cust A pays $39.99 + 550 * .40 cents ($260 + tax) yet cust B pays only $59.99 for their 1000 min plan ... there is no way y...
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Jan 13, 2011, 7:27 AM

oh no, i am shocked :|

there's a surprise, carriers not being able to ruin someones day with surprise bill must be a real drag for them.
How about requiring customers to get their heads out of their butts long enough to figure out what they are doing?

Why is everything someone else's fault? It's not rocket science here, if someone has 450 minutes a month and they use 3,000 minutes...

Jan 13, 2011, 9:46 AM


The RCA is like the ACLU. Always gotta be first to open their mouth to spew dislike about something. Go back to playing WoW in your mom's basement. And give the ACLU my regards.
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