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News Story
9/6/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says it plans to start evaluating mobile broadband speeds in order to let customers know whether they're getting value for money. In a similar project to its broadband speed measurement program, it plans to work with wireless carriers to give consumers detailed information about their mobile...
News Release
9/5/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -– The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to launch a program to measure mobile broadband service performance in the United States falls short of providing adequate protection, Consumer Watchdog said today. Cell phone carriers must be required to disclose data speeds in their advertisements if consumers are to...
News Story
9/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The agency says major carriers and CTIA have already agreed to cooperate with the initiative The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is getting ready to measure mobile data speeds in a joint project with major carriers and other participants. On Sept. 21, the FCC will hold a public meeting in Washington, D.C., where it will seek participation...
News Story
9/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission today announced plans to measure mobile broadband service performance in an attempt to provide consumers with information regarding wireless data speeds. A meeting is scheduled to be held on Sept. 21 to discuss the new program. Wireless industry trade association CTIA and wireless carriers have already made...
News Release
8/23/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Citing deceptive and confusing advertising by mobile phone companies concerning data speeds, Consumer Watchdog today petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to require wireless carriers to disclose actual network data speeds. The group told the FCC that technical speed standards for “4G” mobile technology...
News Story
8/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to view a video of this news broadcast. Consumer Watchdog of Santa Monica on Thursday will file a complaint against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) accusing the entity and cell phone carriers of “misleading the public” about the speed of so-called 4G wireless service. The Get Garcia team, which tried to crack the...
News Story
7/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The term used in countless cell phone ads remains largely undefined in the telecommunitions industry Click here to view the video of this news broadcast segment. If you’re confused about what the term 4G means, you’re not alone. Technically it stands for “Fourth Generation,” but the term remains largely undefined,...
News Story
5/30/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The FCC is asking about the security practices of carriers with respect to customer information stored on customer devices and the application of existing privacy and security requirements to that information. The Wireline and Wireless bureaus and General Counsel's Office jointly made the request in a public notice. It follows a series of...
News Story
12/27/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
 Happy holidays. Your cable rates are going up. Again.  In its most Grinch-like fashion, Time Warner Cable, the dominant cable company in Southern California, is alerting customers that rates for nearly all its services will increase as of the next bill.  Some rates will be significantly higher, such as a 27.4%...
News Story
12/3/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The software firm acknowledges that it collects a wide variety of smartphone usage data. 'But capturing keystrokes and [text] messages, email, audio and video is not what we do.' A little-known California software company that can monitor every keystroke consumers make on many popular smartphones struck back at critics who accused it...