http://consumerist.com/2007/10/11/fcc-has-rejected-verizons-requested/

FCC has rejected Verizon’s requested changes of the new open-platform wireless auction, set for January 2008. Google has pledged to buy some of the available wireless bandwidth in order to launch an open-source Google phone to compete with the carriers. [Reuters]

Class-Action Lawsuits Filed Against Apple, AT&T Over iPhone

Class-Action Lawsuits Filed Against Apple, AT&T Over iPhone

A class-action lawsuit was filed on October 5th against the unholy duo of Apple and AT&T, charging that they intentionally broke unlocked headsets via the last firmware update, and conspired illegally to monopolize parts of the mobile phone market by preventing consumers from using any services other than those provided by the two companies. The suit charges the two companies, either jointly or separately, with six formal counts, including “alleged violations of the California Business and Profession’s Code, The Cartwright Act, The Sherman Act, The Federal Trade Commission Act, The Communications Act of 1934, and The Telecommunications Act of 1996, as well as rules and policies established by the FCC.”

http://consumerist.com/2007/09/14/canadian-telecommunications-giant-bell/

Canadian telecommunications giant Bell Canada is pulling down over 50 ads placed around parts of Toronto and Vancouver, because they show a woman wearing a button that reads “Belsen was a gas,” the title of a Sex Pistols song and a reference to the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. The button is one of many the model wears, and the company says it was impossible to read during approval and proofing, and only became legible when blown up to billboard-size proportions. [Reuters and Free Republic]

Introducing The Most Impressive Cell Phone Bill Of The 110th Congress

Introducing The Most Impressive Cell Phone Bill Of The 110th Congress

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) recently announced plans to introduce our wet dream of a cellphone bill. The bill realizes our wildest legislative fantasies: a world where cellphone companies stop inventing official-sounding fees and levying harsh ETFs, and instead allow their customers to take unlocked phones to the company with the best reception according to precise coverage maps provided free of charge.

AT&T Censors Pearl Jam

AT&T Censors Pearl Jam

“[The muting was] a major mistake by a webcast vendor and completely contrary to our policy. We are working closely with the vendor and the band to post the song in its entirety on this site and ensure that this does not happen again.”

OECD Says US Broadband Network Is Flailing; Telecoms Respond, "You Mean Superior!"

OECD Says US Broadband Network Is Flailing; Telecoms Respond, "You Mean Superior!"

According to a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in a ranking of broadband penetration among 30 member nations, the US has slipped from 4th place (2001), to 12th place (2006), to 15th place this year. Corporations, lobbyists and politicians have skewered the report, but this follow-up piece from Free Press provides a point-by-point rebuttal and confirms that yes, by pretty much every account, the United States enjoys craptastic Internet access.

How To Get Your Phone Fixed: Make It A Pay Phone

How To Get Your Phone Fixed: Make It A Pay Phone

Jeffrey Zeldman used his electrically charged noodle to figure out an excellent way to report a problem line to Verizon, a company that otherwise plugs its fingers in its ears and screams at the top of its lungs to make convolutedly impossible the process of reporting a line fault to them.

AT&T Pays Fifty Bucks For Destroying Your Business

AT&T Pays Fifty Bucks For Destroying Your Business

AT&T Tries To Seal Docs About Secret Spy Rooms

AT&T Tries To Seal Docs About Secret Spy Rooms

As you all know, AT&T is currently fighting a class action lawsuit leveled against it by the Electronic Frontiers Foundation, claiming that AT&T has been working with the Bush Administration to secretly spy on millions of Americans without warrants.

What Is The Federal Universal Service Fund?

What Is The Federal Universal Service Fund?

After Andrew S. Fischer discovered that a whopping 40% of his company’s telephone bill was comprised of various taxes and service charges, he decided to suss out one of the most egregious contributors: the mysterious Federal Universal Service Fund.

Verizon Porks Leaving Customer One Last Time

Verizon Porks Leaving Customer One Last Time

It isn’t so much the incompetence, the obfuscation, the confusing pricing plans, the high prices for absolutely base minimum support. Those things annoy us here at the Consumerist, but at this point we’re almost stoically resigned to them as immutable physical laws. No, what really elicits the wailing and gnashing of teeth here is just how easy it would be for most companies to do the right thing and just how rarely they ever do.