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News Release
1/21/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google spent a record $16.83 million on lobbying in its efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2014, just ahead of Comcast’s reported $16.80 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public...
News Release
4/23/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Google spent $3.82 million lobbying federal lawmakers and regulators during the first quarter of 2014, making it the top spender among 15 top technology and telecommunications companies, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosure forms Consumer Watchdog said today. According to lobbying disclosure forms filed this week...
Video
4/15/2014
"Simply put, Google Glass is a stalker's dream come true," Consumer Watchdog's report concluded after demonstrating how Glass could easily be used to record PIN information from an ATM card.  Consumer Watchdog has a point or two. Because the virtual display takes up about 15 percent of the visual field, a half-dozen states...
News Release
3/24/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner because the deal “violates antitrust laws and is not in the public interest.” “The consolidation of the largest cable television...
Legal Update
3/6/2014
By Laura Antonini
On March 19, 2014, the California Court of Appeal will hold a hearing on DIRECTV’s attempt to force its customers who were wrongly charged early cancellation penalties to bring claims individually before private arbitrators rather than proceed in court as a class action. The class action lawsuit, brought by Consumer Watchdog’s...
Video
2/10/2014
Consumer Watchdog's John M. Simpson discusses the implications of allowing carriers to disable your smart phone remotely. California state Senator Mark Leno has authored new bill in hopes that the wireless industry would wake up to the realities of high phone theft statistics in California. If enacted into law, it would effect all carriers of...
Blog Post
1/18/2013
By Judy Dugan
Comedy is funnier when it hits you in the gut. That's what made a famous skit by Lily Tomlin about the phone company's abuse of customers so memorable, one tag line being "We are omnipotent." AT&T is still at it. As columnist James Temple writes in the San Francisco Chronicle Friday: In August 2006, the California Public...
News Release
9/5/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Laura Antonini & Carmen Balber
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 Release
8/23/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Laura Antonini, Carmen Balber & Harvey Rosenfield
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...
Blog Post
12/2/2011
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...