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Blog Post
12/2/2011
Posted by Laura Antonini
Consumers can claim another victory in the AT&T/T-Mobile merger battle. Regulators listened to our warnings about the wireless giant’s false promises to consumers and are now blocking the deal. On the heels of AT&T’s decision to withdraw its merger application, the FCC delivered what may just be the final nail in the...
News Story
11/12/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Almost everyone with a landline has felt the annoyance of picking up the phone and realizing that a call is not from a friend or a family member but rather is a prerecorded message delivered by a software-robot. Currently, cellphone users are protected from these “robocalls” if they haven’t consented to receive them, but some...
News Story
11/2/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Last month, Verizon changed its privacy policy to allow the company to share your Web browsing habits, app downloads, and other information with third-party marketers. Naturally, this set off a wave of public backlash and alarm bells among consumer interest groups. But when we took a closer look at what other carriers were doing, it turns out...
News Story
11/1/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer groups are up in arms over a bill to relax requirements on calls to cellphones contained in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The House Communications Subcommittee scheduled a hearing this Friday on HR-3035 to ask whether the TCPA went too far in restrictions on calls to wireless numbers. The subcommittee plans to ask whether the...
Blog Post
9/6/2011
Posted by Laura Antonini
Apparently AT&T can make up rules without following them. In an audacious move by the nation’s worst rated and most hated wireless carrier, AT&T recently filed multiple lawsuits against its own customers – just months after the U.S. Supreme Court ok’d AT&T’s policy of requiring ripped-off customers to file...
Blog Post
8/31/2011
Posted by Laura Antonini
Did AT&T really think we’d fall for its broken record promises that the AT&T/T-Mobile merger would help consumers? Just a few weeks after Consumer Watchdog wrote a letter urging regulators to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, the Department of Justice gave the AT&T merger a big thumbs down by filing a civil antitrust...
News Story
8/18/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Its $12.5-billion purchase has raised antitrust concerns. But there are no sure bets in the tech world. Google scraped together $12.5 billion from its petty cash fund this week to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings, which once was a top manufacturer of cellphones and still is a leading maker of cable-TV converter boxes. Google executives...
News Story
8/15/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
As federal and state agencies consider whether the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile will be good for consumers and the economy, the companies and various consumer groups are waging a public battle to get their viewpoints front and center. An Aug. 9 letter [PDF] to the Federal Communications Commission from the California-based...
News Story
8/12/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
In a surprising turn of events, the mega merger that consumer watchdogs decried, but most deemed a fait accompli, faces a real risk of disintegrating at the hands of federal regulators. Last last night, a new poll of policy analysts examining the proposed $39 billion merger between AT&T and T-Mobile found that the deal was now more likely to...
News Story
8/11/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
As AT&T makes its case in Washington for why federal regulators should approve its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, AT&T must also pass muster with state utility commissioners and attorneys general in more than a dozen states. The proposed merger between the nation’s second-biggest wireless provider AT&T and...