FTC Issues Net Neutrality Report

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday released several guiding principles for policy makers to follow when considering whether to institute net neutrality regulations. The usual suspects issued statements praising the Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy study, which recommended a hands-off approach to governing the Internet. The FTCs Internet Access Task Force said some broadband providers […]

Committee Sends CPNI Bill to Full Senate

The Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday voted to approve the Protecting Consumer Phone Records Act, which prevents companies and individuals from fraudulently obtaining consumers private phone records in a practice known as pretexting. The measure now goes to the full Senate for consideration. The act covers wireless, wireline and IP telephony services, and makes it […]

FTC Sues Bankrupt Reseller

In the latest chapter of a bankrupt telecommunications reseller, the Federal Trade Commission has charged NorVergence Inc. with defrauding consumers through claims that it could offer them years of savings on their telephone, wireless and Internet bills. The New Jersey-based company promised customers a black box known as the ‘Matrix’ would be partly responsible for […]

Online Marketing & the Law – Part I

Posted: 12/2003 Online Marketing & the Law – Part I Understanding Disclosure, Privacy and Anti-spam Requirements By David O. Klein, Esq., and John T. Um, Esq. Until recently, effective marketing consisted of direct mail, telemarketing, and print and television advertisements. Although these advertising methods have proven effective over the years, the Internet offers a fresh, […]

Hold The Phone

Posted: 10/2003 Hold The Phone Competing FTC, FCC and State Do-Not-Call Rules Create Confusion By Joseph Sanscrainte On July 29, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its final rules regarding the fees to be imposed on entities accessing its do-not-call registry. This is the last piece of a complex puzzle that began to be assembled […]


Posted: 9/2003 Overheard… At the rate were going, MTVs The Real World will take place in a geriatric unit before we see action by the Federal Communications Commission. Tom Tauke, senior vice president for public policy and external affairs at Verizon Communications Inc., speaking to a congressional subcommittee, arguing that government action clearing a path […]

Double Check

Posted: 5/2003 Double Check Some New FTC Telesales Rules May Apply to Telecom Providers By Jim Veilleux Telecom companies that think they are exempt from the Federal Trade Commission’s new Telephone Sales Rule, which went into effect at the end of March, need to double check. There are at least two ways in which the […]

Round Table

Posted: 3/2003 …ON THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S NATIONAL DO-NOT-CALL LIST. "The FTC is singling out this form of advertising now, what will be next?" –Robert Weintzen, president, Direct Marketing Association, one of the organizations that filed suit in late January against the FTC’s national do-not-call list on the grounds the registry unlawfully restricts free speech […]


Posted: 09/2002 … FTC Seeking Greater Authority Over Telecom Sector "Unfortunately, the [common carrier] exemption stands in the way of the FTC protecting consumers in this new telecommunications marketplace … In the consumer protection arena, we’ve seen telecommunications firms increasingly engage in aggressive business practices, including fraud and deception, to gain or retain customers and […]

Consumer Disclosure: Next Step for Phone CardMarketers

Posted: 03/2000 Consumer Disclosure: Next Step for Phone Card Marketers By Howard Segermark Consulting firm ATLANTIC-ACM (www.atlantic-acm.com) predicts that in 2000, approximately $5 billion worth of phone cards will be sold in the United States alone. That’s practically one-half billion cards. The industry is fairly crowded. And, although there have been numerous consolidations, many companies […]

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