After a year-long investigation, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., on Thursday introduced legislation designed to prevent unauthorized charges on telephone bills.
For years Rockefeller has been waging a war on such bill "cramming," when third parties place unauthorized charges on consumers' phone bills.
In April, the Federal Communications Commission approved rules to crack down on cramming on wireline telephone bills, but at the time Rockefeller said the rules did not go far enough.
Now the Commerce chairman has introduced the Fair Telephone Billing Act, which would band most third-party charges on wireline phone bills.
"Unauthorized charges on telephone bills have plagued telephone customers for years," Rockefeller said in a statement. "With a couple exceptions, there's simply no justification for allowing third-party billing on wireline telephone bills to continue."
Like the FCC rules, the bill only directly addresses wireline phone services. But Rockefeller made it clear he thinks cramming is also a problem for wireless services, and his bill would require the FCC to create rules to protect wireless customers.