Justice Department Gives Up on Texting Inquiry
Today the U.S. Justice Department told the four major U.S. wireless network operators that it has concluded its investigation into alleged industry collusion over the price of text messages. Last summer, Sen. Herb Kohl, chairman of the Senate Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights subcommittee, charged, "The four [largest wireless] companies increased their text messaging prices in two steps—first from 10 to 15 cents, and then from 15 to 20 cents—within months or weeks of each other," even though "the cost to the phone companies to carry text messages is minimal - estimated to be less than a penny per message - and has not increased." During the course of its investigation the Justice Department could find no evidence of wrong-doing on the part of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. The network operators assert that bundled messaging plans drop the average cost per message sent to far less than the 20 cents charged to customers who don't subscribe to a bundle. The FCC still has other issues under investigation, including the competitive nature of the wireless landscape.
FCC Targets Fraud In Texting, and Slamming and Cramming
Jun 8, 2018
The FCC took more actions this week to protect consumers from unwanted charges and changes to their telephone service. First, the agency wants to prevent the fraudulent use of toll-free numbers for text messaging.
Justice Department Launches Antitrust Investigation Into AT&T, Verizon
Apr 20, 2018
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating AT&T and Verizon for secretly colluding to put carrier-locking ability into the new eSIM industry standard, according to the New York Times.
Senate Democrats to Force Net Neutrality Vote On May 9
May 1, 2018
Senate Democrats are looking to make net neutrality a campaign issue heading into the 2018 mid-term elections and will kick things off May 9 with a vote. Sen.
Senate Votes In Favor of Saving Net Neutrality
May 16, 2018
Democrats in the Senate forced a vote on net neutrality today and walked away victorious. Members of the Senate voted 52-47 to retain the net neutrality regulations put in place by the Obama administration that were later nixed by the FCC.
Money Changed Hands....
Atty General: 'OMG, LOLZ, dis iz 2 hard, I quit'
could be worse
ignorance is bliss said:
Could be in Canada where they have only had unlimited messaging for like 12 months or so 😕
What?! Thats so un-American.
...maybe the 2 language barrier makes it cumbersome and costlier t...