Wireless Industry Groups Oppose 'Bill Shock' Legislation
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.
Carriers to Rely on CTIA, Other Trade Groups to Sue FCC
AT&T, Verizon Wireless and other mobile network operators won't sue the FCC over its proposed net neutrality plans on their own, but will through a number of trade groups. Sources cited by Reuters suggest the move will allow the carriers to streamline their litigation and prevent them from becoming the targets of backlash.
CTIA Believes FCC's Power Should Be Kept In Check
The CTIA Wireless Association recently recommended to congress that it limit the powers of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the wireless industry. The comments come in response to a white paper published by the House Committee On Energy and Commerce earlier this year.
CTIA Hits FCC with Net Neutrality Lawsuit
The CTIA Wireless Association today filed a lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals aiming to prevent the FCC from imposing its proposed net neutrality rules.
CTIA Seeks to Stay FCC's Net Neutrality Proposal
The CTIA Wireless Association today filed a request to stay the FCC's Open Internet regulations. The regulations were published in the Federal Register on April 13 and are slated to become official policy 60 days from the publication date (on or about June 13).
Republicans Attempt to Defang the FCC
Republicans proposed net neutrality legislation of their own on Friday that could significantly weaken the FCC's power over regulator internet providers. The bill, drafted by Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, would make it illegal for network operators to throttle data or offer paid prioritization schemes — except for data management purposes.
I'm all for personal responsibility... but lets just be real here
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...
oh no, i am shocked :|
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...