CTIA Informative - Congress Voting to Wipe State Consumer Protection for Cell Phone Users

Review by JNOW on 2006-06-26
There are 200,000,000 plus cell phone users in the U.S. Complaints about Cell phones topped the Better Business Bureau's category complaint stats (the most complaints received) for 3 of the last 4 years (and it was no 2 on the "off year") As of today, there is a vote set for Tuesday JUNE 27 in the Senate Commerce Committee to virtually eliminate all State consumer remedies for cell phone users. The cell phone companies' trade association - CTIA - got a provision doing just that in the 3rd draft of a Senator Stevens bill that covers a lot of other issues. On Tuesday June 27 the mark up is set to continue - That's when they will vote on the wireless preemption issue. Senator Rockefeller has filed an amendment to strike this provision. Also - grassroots opposition to wireless preemption , including letters from AARP, NARUC, NGA, NASUCA, and others have been filed. According to a recent Consumer Reports poll of about 50,000 of the magazine subscribers in 18 metro areas, asking them to rate their cell service for dropped calls, no service, static and experience with full circuits, less than 47% stated that they were happy with their cell phone plans. See, Cellular Service: Best Carriers - Editors of Consumer Reports - Jan. 2006 . If you are one of those and concerned at all about the potential preemption of state remedies - you should let your Senator know. I've attached the web pages of the members of the committee voting on the amendments. If none represent you - you can go to www.Senate.gov and get the website of your representative - and tell him/her to contact his collegues on the Senate Commerce Committee and tell them to vote FOR the Rockefeller amendment and against state preemption. THANKS.

Chairman Ted Stevens (AK) http://stevens.senate.gov/contact.cfm
John McCain (AZ) http://mccain.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
Conrad Burns (MT) http://burns.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInfo.EmailMe
Trent Lott http://lott.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Email
Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) http://hutchison.senate.gov/e-mail.htm
Olympia J. Snowe (ME) http://snowe.senate.gov/contact.htm
Gordon H. Smith (OR) http://gsmith.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
John Ensign (NV) http://ensign.senate.gov/forms/email_form.cfm
George Allen (VA) http://allen.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=AboutGeorgeAllen.SendAnEmail&EmailContactForm=Type+your+e-mail&x=9&y=9
John E. Sununu (NH) http://www.sununu.senate.gov/webform.html
Jim DeMint (SC) http://demint.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
David Vitter (LA) http://vitter.senate.gov/?module=webformiqv1

Co-Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (HI) http://inouye.senate.gov/abtform.html
John D. Rockefeller (WV) http://rockefeller.senate.gov/services/email.cfm
John F. Kerry (MA) http://kerry.senate.gov/v3/contact/email.cfm
Byron L. Dorgan (ND) senator@dorgon.senate.gov
Barbara Boxer (CA) http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/email/policy.cfm#form
Bill Nelson (FL) http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
Maria Cantwell (WA) http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ) http://lautenberg.senate.gov/contact/
E. Benjamin Nelson (NE) http://bennelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
Mark Pryor (AR) http://pryor.senate.gov/contact/
Comments:1 Replies - Latest reply on 2006-06-26
Posted by Doc J on 2006-06-26:
Bravo JNOW! Your post gives us something concrete to do instead of just venting about TMobile, Verizon, et al. Thanks for the info!

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