Americans increasingly rely on wireless phones, with nearly 40% of households now using them primarily or solely. Under federal law, the FCC is responsible for fostering a competitive wireless marketplace while ensuring that consumers are protected from harmful practices. This report discusses changes in the wireless industry since 2000, stakeholders' perceptions of regulatory policies and industry practices, and the strategies FCC uses to monitor competition. To conduct this work, the report conducted case studies in both rural and urban areas of four states; and interviewed stakeholders representing consumers, local and state agencies and officials, and various segments of the industry. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.For example, the Nexus One, a smart phone introduced in early 2010, was initially made available for $530 without a contract or for $180 for ... recovery feea from Google and a $200 fee charged by T-Mobile when breaking a contract within the first few months of service. ... that consumers are now facing higher than ever ETFs, which atake people out of the marketa by locking them in to specific carriers.
|Title||:||Telecommunications: Enhanced Data Collection Could Help FCC Better Monitor Competition in the Wireless Industry|
|Publisher||:||DIANE Publishing - 2011-05-01|