Telephone companies led by Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ:US) and AT&T Inc. (T:US) must tell subscribers how to block third-party charges under rules approved today by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
Monthly bills must display information on how to block improper charges placed on bills, a practice known as cramming, under rules passed by a 3-0 vote at the agency’s monthly meeting in Washington today. The regulations apply to traditional landline phones.
Consumer groups had asked for more. Anti-cramming protections should be extended to customers of mobile phones and voice-over-Internet services, policy groups including Consumers Union and the Consumer Federation of America said in an April 18 letter to FCC commissioners.
The agency also was to consider requiring television broadcasters to disclose details of political advertising for posting on an FCC website. The files are now maintained on paper at broadcast station offices.
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