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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
8/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocate group Consumer Watchdog is asking the Federal Communications Commission to require carriers to list the speed of their 4G networks in advertisements and at the point of sale. In a petition to be filed Thursday, the consumer group said that while carriers tout their “4G” networks, the definitions of what qualifies a...
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...
Blog Post
12/20/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
Some lobbyists may be hunting for their food stamp applications in Washington, with the collapse of AT&T's attempt to take over and kill T-Mobile. This breakdown of the lobbying steamroller is reverberating in the halls of private power, and should give some lift to consumers battling a corporatocracy that has lately seemed invincible....
News Story
12/5/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Sen. Al Franken D-Minn., and Consumer Watchdog are asking federal regulators to investigate whether mobile software firm Carrier IQ's practices violate consumer privacy rights. And groups like the Center for Digital Democracy are calling for federal privacy legislation. The company came under fire after reports that...
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...
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...