Wireless regulations

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I got a call from a telecom lobbyist (CTIA - California Telecommunications
Something Association, I think) looking for Libertarian support on an issue.

As outlined in a _Tribune_ op-ed (<URL:
>), the state PUC is considering a "consumer bill of rights" for wireless
phone service. Some of you don't have cell phones, or disdain them, but
for the rest of you, this is a potential disaster.

Right now, you can usually change your calling plan with a simple phone
call or over the Web. This has saved me a bunch of bucks in the past, as
my cell phone is my only phone. The proposed "bill of rights" would
require that all plan changes and activations be done via written contract,
and not take effect until the paperwork has been processed.

As Libertarians, we know that if this provided real benefit to the
customers, some services would offer it, but this sounds like yet another
case of a bored agency looking for more things to regulate.

If you are annoyed by this proposed change, take a minute to draft a letter
- - two samples are provided below - and fax or mail it to:

Office of Governor Gray Davis
Governor Grey Davis
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: +1.916.445.4633


Commissioner Loretta Lynch
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Fax: +1.415.703.1758

And if you wouldn't mind faxing or e-mailing a copy to Dan Conway,
dconway@..., fax +1.415.788.0123; that way, they have a rough
idea of what's been sent, so they can go to the bargaining table a bit