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Blog Post
9/6/2011
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
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 Release
8/10/2011
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield, Laura Antonini, & John M. Simpson
"Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." SANTA MONICA, CA --  Consumer Watchdog urged U.S. and California officials yesterday to reject the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile wireless merger, calling to their attention that AT&T made the same promises of lower prices and better services before the Cingular/AT&T...
Blog Post
8/9/2011
By Harvey Rosenfield
Will federal officials fall for AT&T’s promises and approve its multi-billion dollar merger with T-Mobile, when AT&T made exactly the same promises seven years ago and then betrayed them – costing its cell phone customers a fortune? Maybe the feds will think twice after getting our letter, which explains what happened after...
News Release
12/20/2010
CONTACT John M. Simpson
Santa Monica, CA — The Do Not Track Me function proposed in the Federal Trade Commission’s recently released online privacy report must be extended to include smartphones, Consumer Watchdog said today in the wake of a Wall Street Journal article showing how applications for the iPhone and Android phones widely share personal data...
News Release
12/15/2010
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog issued the following statement regarding today's announcement of a lawsuit and settlement agreement between the California Attorney General and DIRECTV:   "The lawsuit and settlement agreement announced today by the California Attorney General and DIRECTV – apparently one of a...
Video
8/11/2010
Consumer Watchdog's Todd Foreman discusses the rationale behind the suit we have brought against DirecTV.
News Release
8/9/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google and Verizon's new joint broadband proposal pays lip service to the idea of "net neutrality," but actually would completely undermine the open and free Internet we enjoy, Consumer Watchdog said today. There are two fundamental flaws, said John M. Simpson, consumer advocate with the nonpartisan, nonprofit public...
News Release
8/5/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA — Google is compromising a long standing principle it claimed to support in an effort to boost profits as it backs away from a key premise of an open Internet — “net neutrality,” Consumer Watchdog said today. Net neutrality — the idea that all data is treated equally by Internet service providers...
News Release
12/28/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-292-1902; or Jeffrey Chester, 202-494-7100
Deal To Buy Mobile Advertising Company Is Anti-Competitive And Raises Privacy Concerns WASHINGTON, DC — Two consumer groups today asked the Federal Trade Commission to block Google’s $750 million deal to buy AdMob, a mobile advertising company, on anti-trust grounds. In addition, the groups said, the proposed acquisition raises privacy...