Sen. Calls For More Text Message Service Competition

Law360, New York (June 10, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The average fee for sending a text message in the U.S. has doubled over the past two years despite massive increases in data capacity, Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., said Tuesday at a hearing on competition in the cell phone carrier market.

But worries that the industry is becoming anti-competitive are unfounded, lawyers for two big cell phone carriers told lawmakers.

Kohl, who chaired the panel, noted that AT&T Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. now control 60 percent of the U.S. market, which has 270 million wireless...
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