Last updated: October 13, 2010 - 8:48am
The Federal Communications Commission will propose rules on Oct 14 requiring mobile phone companies to alert customers by voice or text message when they are have reached monthly usage limits and are about to incur extra charges.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will propose the commission's consumer empowerment agenda, aimed at ensuring that users of new technologies do not have to worry about hidden costs, confusing billing practices and what the commission calls "bill shock." Proposed rules would require cellphone and mobile Internet companies to notify customers when they were about to incur roaming charges or other higher-than-normal rates that were not covered by their monthly plans. The proposals, which have been strongly opposed by mobile phone companies and their trade groups, are expected to be approved by a majority of the commission at its monthly meeting Thursday. The chairman's office rarely brings matters to a commission vote without the support of a majority of the board.
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