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12/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
T-Mobile employees under pressure to meet sales goals are sometimes driven to mislead customers or to enroll them in services they didn’t ask for, alleges a report from a labor coalition. In a complaint that Change to Win said they filed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Friday, the labor group claimed that T-Mobile sets...
News Release
10/24/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google increased its 2016 third-quarter federal lobbying spending 4.2 percent to $3.81 million from $3.65 million in the comparable 2015 period, but fell to second place in lobbying expenditures among 16 technology and communications companies tracked by Consumer Watchdog. AT&T took the lead as its spending soared more...
News Release
7/21/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON -- Google trimmed its spending on federal lobbying in the second quarter of 2016 by 8.2 percent from the year before to $4.24 million, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, but still significantly outspent other tech and communications giants. Google spent $4.62 million, million on...
News Release
1/21/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s federal lobbying expenses in 2015 topped $16 million for the second year in a row, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group, monitors the lobbying disclosure reports...
News Release
10/21/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google trimmed its 2015 third-quarter federal lobbying spending 7 percent to $3.65 million from $3.94 million in the comparable 2014 period, but still led lobbying expenditures among 16 technology and communications companies tracked by Consumer Watchdog. Lobbying disclosure reports filed Tuesday with the Clerk of the...
News Story
10/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Twenty-five consumer groups urged the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday to open an investigation into the recent Experian hack that exposed the personal information of nearly 15 million individuals. In a letter sent to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and CFPB Director Richard Cordray, the groups...
News Release
2/25/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
Los Angeles, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject AT&T’s proposed purchase of the satellite television company DIRECTV unless the company agrees to eliminate DIRECTV’s anti-consumer policy of charging massive Early Termination Fees, often taken directly from a customer...
News Story
1/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's MVNO plans could lead to a lot of benefits -- more advertising real estate for Google, lower prices for consumers, additional revenue for Sprint and T-Mobile -- but there's a downside. Google "presumably would have access to data about who people called, when they did it, and how long the call lasted ... which would raise...
News Story
12/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — One wireless phone plan allows customers to upgrade to a new phone in less than two years. Another allows a pool of data to be shared across multiple devices. Yet another offers unlimited data, but only at slower Internet speeds. All these perks are there for the taking, yet the average wireless phone bill continues with its...
News Story
8/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The unraveling of Sprint's (NYSE: S) bid to merge with T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) could spark a new round of price cuts in the U.S. market, according to financial analysts. That could lead to lower costs for consumers but it could also especially pressure Sprint, which is working to upgrade its LTE network. Both Sprint and T-Mobile executives had...