Lower Cell Phone Bills on the Horizon with New Legislation
According to a story published by RCR News, the wireless industry is meeting the new consumer wireless protection bill introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Virginia) with opposition. The bill would govern the entire industry, including contracts, early termination fees, locking of handsets, and other fees and charges. Known as the Cellphone Consumer Empowerment Act of 2007, the bill would prevent cellphone service providers from listing items on a consumer’s bill that are not directly related to the advertised fees for use. This would essentially put an end to the widespread practice of “regulatory recovery fees” charged to consumers.
While lawmakers argue that complaints against the wireless industry has doubled between 2003-2005, the industry argues that the trend is declining.
The battle heats on. Engadget Mobile is reporting that CTIA members are fearing that the bill would increase fees for consumers, which is the opposite effect that this legislation is intended to do.
What do you guys think? The wireless industry is arguing that the USA has one of the best rates for data and voice of any free nation, which is true given the unlimited data plans that we have.