In the Works: Wireless Bill of Rights

States fight feds over who will regulate
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Mar 21, 2008 3:33 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Wireless carriers seem to have angered a few too many consumers with hidden fees and surprise charges. Politicians in 22 states are considering various versions of a wireless consumers’ bill of rights, reports BusinessWeek. But the wireless industry, daunted at facing different regulations in every state, is throwing its weight behind a federal bill and opposing the state measures.

The national bill has a reasonable shot at passing by July 4, according to congressional staffers, but would block states from making their own regulations. That’s something some states are loath to give up, out of fears the federal law will fall short. Minnesota may vote on its own bill in the next 2 weeks.