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July 31, 2014

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July 30, 2014

Wireless Cramming: Consumers Took Big Hits, Report Says

A report released by a Senate panel estimates that unauthorized third-party charges on consumer cellphone bills, known as “cramming,” likely cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars over several years. It also states that wireless companies’ policies to address the issue and ” sometimes lax oversight left wide gaps in consumer protection.”

The Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is holding a hearing on the issue Wednesday afternoon and its report comes just a couple days after the Federal Trade Commission issued a staff report listing recommendations for industry to reduce mobile cramming. The agency also filed a lawsuit recently against T-Mobile, accusing the company of engaging in cramming.

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July 28, 2014

In ‘Mobile Cramming’ Report, FTC Puts the Onus on Wireless Companies

Mobile telecom carriers should make third-party charges conspicuous on bills and not be deceptive, says the Federal Trade Commission in a new staff report that recommends best practices for industry to reduce “mobile cramming,” or the practice of placing unauthorized third-party charges on cellphone bills.

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This Week: Wireless Cramming, Minority Media and Microsoft’s Data Warrant

The highlights include a look at Microsoft’s challenge of a warrant for data located in Ireland, a Senate hearing on wireless cramming and a conference on issues for minority media and telecom businesses.

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July 25, 2014

Cellphone ‘Unlocking’ Bill Now Just Needs the President’s Signature

As House lawmakers left town for the weekend, they sent the president a bill that would again let cellphone users “unlock” their devices to switch wireless carriers without violating copyright law.

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July 24, 2014

E-Rate Shakeup: Wi-Fi Money Is Available, but There’s a Catch

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to shake up the E-Rate program of federal subsidies for Internet service in public schools and libraries has only partly been successful — his FCC colleagues have agreed to make more money available for Wi-Fi, as Wheeler proposed in June, but only if the dollars aren’t needed for basic Internet connections.

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July 21, 2014

Satellite Television, Internet Governance and Open Data This Week

The House will take up a satellite television bill this week and a subcommittee holds a hearing on three tech bills. Elsewhere in Washington, events on Internet governance, open data and broadband regulation are coming up.

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July 16, 2014

The Infamous Comcast Cancellation Call

“Painful to listen to.”

“The telecommunications version of the clingy ex-boyfriend.”

“Beyond all humanity.”

Those are a few of the ways articles have described Ryan Block’s recording of a call with a Comcast representative in an effort to cancel his service, which has gotten a lot of attention and resulted in the company issuing a statement.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 9:12 a.m.
Telecom, Television

July 11, 2014

Hill Keeps Busy on Satellite TV, ‘Troll’ Letters, Cellphone Unlocking

Thursday saw lots of action on tech-related legislation, with three committees advancing bills on separate topics. Here’s a rundown:

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July 7, 2014

Cybersecurity Bill in Senate Committee, Quietly, on Tuesday

CQ Roll Call’s Rob Margetta reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee is set to mark up its long-awaited cybersecurity bill.

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Net Neutrality, Inmate Calling Services and Digital Privacy This Week

Things are getting back into swing after the three-day weekend with events this week on net neutrality and digital privacy, and a workshop on inmate calling services.

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