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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Request for Public Comment On "Bill Shock" Initiative

From the FCC Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau:

On May 20, 2010, the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) released a Public Notice (Notice) seeking to gather information on the feasibility of instituting usage alerts and cut-off mechanisms similar to those required under the European Union (EU) regulations that would provide wireless voice, text, and data consumers in the United States a way to monitor, on a real-time basis, their usage of a wireless communications service, as well as the various charges they may incur in connection with such usage (e.g., roaming services, voice service “minute plans,” text message plans).  Specifically, the Commission sought comment on whether technological or other differences exist that would prevent wireless providers in this country from employing similar usage controls as those now required by the EU.

The Notice was published in the Federal Register on May 20, 2010.

[1]Therefore, comments are due on July 6, 2010, and reply comments are due on July 19, 2010.  Comments should be filed consistent with the instructions provided in the Notice.

For further information, contact Richard D. Smith, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, at (717) 338-2797.

[1] 75 Fed. Reg. 28249  (May 20, 2010).

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