Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Sep 2011 21:57 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In the US wireless market, AT&T is currently attempting to buy T-Mobile to create one heck of a behemoth wireless provider. While earlier this week the US government already filed a lawsuit to block the merger, citing antitrust concerns, US carrier Sprint has now also filed a lawsuit to block the merger.
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by tidux on Thu 8th Sep 2011 14:28 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: So ..."
tidux
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2011-08-13

The problem is that with the decline of our education system and the anti-intellectual tendencies of a good 45% of the country, people just don't understand how badly they're getting taken advantage of. Personally, I have the shell of an idea for a bill to fix this at a federal level (by sending it to one of my senators, who's still a decent person).

My name for it is the Fairness In Telephony (FIT) Act, because everything has to have a catchy name these days. Here's the basics:

1. require all cellular telephone companies to have a single protocol and frequency set, ideally GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSPA/LTE on the standard GSM quad-band frequencies

2. ban roaming fees for any possible use of the phone, including but not limited to voice, sms, mms, and data

3. given that cellular devices are the primary internet connection for some households, mandate the presence of a completely unlimited, unthrottled everything plan, for at most $80 per month in 2011 dollars - Sprint's already doing this and still turning a profit, so there's proof that it can be done

4. ban carrier-locked phones

5. ban locked bootloaders and phones that need to be cracked to give admin/root access - there's no good reason, since the dumb users won't mess with it anyways and it makes us hackers happy, but the telcos have demanded the locked-down phones anyways

Basically, if they're going to act like an oligopoly, force interoperability and user freedom. I'd throw in a bit about requiring all phone OSes to be Free Software, but that's just not going to happen in this climate.

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