FCC Floats Rule To Unmask 3rd-Party Phone Charges

Law360, New York (August 25, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission proposed a rule Tuesday that would direct landline phone companies to notify customers they can block third-party charges on their bills.

Under the rule, landline companies would be required to clearly state at the point of sale, on phone bills and on their websites that customers have the option to stop so-called cramming — the unauthorized placement of charges on their bills — if the company in fact gives customers that option.

In addition, the rule would mandate that landline companies place...
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