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News Release
1/22/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit...
News Release
10/22/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google continued to lead tech firms in lobbying expenses during the third quarter, spending $3.4 million on its effort to buy influence with federal legislators and policymakers, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Facebook’s spending soared 47 percent to $1.4 million...
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
12/20/2011
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....
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...
News Release
12/2/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called for a federal investigation into the "Spyphone Scandal", in which software embedded in smartphones surreptitiously tracks users' activities, including their keystrokes and numbers they dialed. The probe should extend beyond the software developer, Carrier IQ, and include...
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...