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Proposed Legislation Would Mandate Clearer 4G Definition

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Jun 22, 2011, 12:24 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Representative Anna Eshoo of California has proposed a new bill that would require wireless network operators to more clearly define what 4G means and exactly what customers will receive through that carrier's 4G services. The Next Generation Wireless Disclosure Act would require the wireless network operators to provide detailed information regarding the technology used for the 4G service, what speeds should be expected, how reliable the service should be, where it is available, and how much it costs. The bill also suggests that carriers provide consumers with a side-by-side comparison of the top 10 competing networks' prices, speeds, and availability. The bill proposes that the Federal Communications Commission define a baseline speed that service must surpass to qualify as 4G. The wireless network operators would then be beholden to provide that minimum speed in order to brand their services as 4G. "Consumers deserve to know exactly what they're getting for their money when they sign-up for a 4G data plan," said Eshoo in a statement. "We need to enhance transparency and ensure consumers are fully informed before they commit to a long-term service contract." Eshoo is the lead member of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

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