Mass. AG Tells FCC To Ban 3rd-Party Phone Charges

Law360, New York (October 25, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT) -- The attorney general of Massachusetts called Monday for the Federal Communications Commission to ban third-party charges on landline and wireless phone bills, a more drastic measure than the one proposed by the agency in August.

The FCC's proposal, which would require landline phone companies to notify customers that they can block third-party charges, was an improvement on the status quo, but it did not go far enough, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley wrote in comments responding to the proposed rule.

The agency should completely prohibit so-called...
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