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    FCC Seeks Comment on Bill Cramming

    Today, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau released a Public Notice Seeking Comments to Refresh the Record Regarding “Cramming”.


    Due to recent developments in the “cramming” docket such as the voluntary commitments by major wireline carriers to cease including most third-party charges on telephone bills and workshops held by the FCC and FTC in April and May, the FCC is seeking comments in order to refresh the record.


    The FCC seeks comment on the current extent of cramming for consumers of wireline and CMRS services; whether or not there is a need for an opt-in requirement; the mechanics of an opt-in process for wireline and/or CMRS services; details on how wireline carriers have implemented certain voluntary commitments; the efficacy of CMRS industry efforts to combat cramming; and the extent to which wireline cramming remains a problem for subscribers of carriers that have not voluntarily ceased including most third-party charges on their bills. The FCC also seeks comment on whether different measures to combat cramming are appropriate for small and rural wireline carriers.


    The deadlines for comments and reply comments are still to be determined. If you have any questions regarding the FCC’s Public Notice or want to file comments in the proceeding, please contact LNGS.


    LNGS contact:  Todd B. Lantor (tlantor@fcclaw.com)