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Senators Intro 4G Disclosure Bill

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Oct 12, 2011, 4:54 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Three U.S. senators, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota, today introduced a bill that would require U.S. wireless network operators to clearly define 4G services and speeds. The bill is similar to one proposed in June by representative Anna Eschoo of California in the House of Representatives. "When consumers purchase a 4G wireless plan, they have the right to know exactly what they're getting for their money," Klobuchar said today. "This legislation will help ensure that wireless companies are honest about their product's capabilities so consumers can get a fair deal." As proposed, the bill seeks to force network operators to disclose guaranteed minimum data speeds, 4G network reliability and 4G coverage maps, pricing options, the 4G technology being used by that operator, and mitigating circumstances (foliage, terrain, population density) that could have an impact on the 4G network performance. The bill would also force the Federal Communications Commission to evaluate the speed and pricing of the 4G services offered by the top ten U.S network operators and provide a side-by-side comparison to consumers. The CTIA Wireless Association issued a statement in response to the legislation. "As we have said before, this bill proposes to add an additional layer of regulation to a new and exciting set of services, while ignoring the fact that wireless is an inherently complex and dynamic environment in which network speeds can vary depending on a wide variety of factors. Congress should not impose new regulations. Instead, they should focus on the real issue, which is making sure that America's wireless carriers have sufficient spectrum to lead the world in the race to deploy 4G services."

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Oct 12, 2011, 5:13 PM

I applaud this!

i agree with this. with so many confusing ads and all about 4g. the consumer does not really know what 4g is. this may clear it up for many who really don't have a clue of what 4g is...
I agree as well,

although I'm still unsure if customers (the average ones atleast) will still understand anything about LTE, HSPA, speeds and such.
The average user just uses it for social media(facebook, twitter, etc) so telling them the peeds wont affect them at all. To me its a waste, there are much more important laws to be passing. But what can I do?
The LAST thing we need is our government wasting time and our tax dollars on something like this.
If there was a cost difference to use a 4g device ( mind you I can only speak of my carrier ) Then there should be some regulation by the FCC or state attorney. All consumers have the ability to do their research just as many of us on phone scoop do (...
It is entirely unreasonable to expect people to be capable of doing their own research, think for themselves, or be capable of doing anything at all for themselves. Government should do everything for us....I'm sick of running my own life, I totally ...
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