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California's cellphone users' Bill of Rights is dead

Peter Rojas

That cellphone users' "Bill of Rights" the California Public Utility Commission approved back in May? Yeah, they're not doing that any more. This past Thursday the Commission voted 3 to 1 to "suspend" the Telecommunications Consumer Bill of Rights, which gave subscribers 30 days to cancel their contract after signing up, required that rates be spelled out more clearly, and that carriers couldn't try to play off recovery fees (like for number portability) as mandatory government taxes. Why the turnaround? The addition of new, more industry-friendly commissioners appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger, who opposed the rules from day one.

[Via TechDirt]

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