FCC calls for mobile contract termination fee limit

13 Jun 2008

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin has pressed for federal regulation of early termination fees for mobile phone users. While many states have enacted rules governing the fees consumers must pay when they cancel their mobile phone contracts, other states have taken no action, Martin said. ‘Wouldn’t consumers be better off if we took on a role,’ he asked. Martin has previously said he believes the FCC should adopt a national framework for mobile termination fees. At the hearing, Verizon public affairs executive vice president Tom Tauke said the company would endorse FCC action on termination fees. ‘Faced with the prospect of multiple state policies on this issue, Verizon believes that appropriate federal action to establish a national policy is preferable,’ Tauke said.

United States