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TechnologyCenturyLink, FCC reach settlement over 'cramming' fees on phone bills

00:30  14 august  2019
00:30  14 august  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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All four major carriers have now settled over cramming . The majority of the money will go toward setting up refund Verizon would keep 30 percent of their fees , and Sprint would keep 35 percent. "Consumers rightfully expect their monthly phone bills will reflect only those services that they’ve

"Illegal cramming raises cell phone bills for consumers and picks the pockets of ordinary New Yorkers." Under the settlement , AT&T is required to notify all of its customers who had unauthorized third-party charges on their bills that the company reached this settlement and refunds are available.

The Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday that phone and internet provider CenturyLink will pay $550,000 to settle an investigation into a practice known as "cramming": when phone companies add unauthorized third-party charges to customer bills. CenturyLink will also stop billing for most third parties, start refunding affected customer accounts and let customers block future third-party charges.

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"Over the years, the FCC has done yeoman's work in fighting cramming and getting major phone companies to stop this practice," Rosemary Harold, chief of the FCC's enforcement bureau, said in a release.  "With today's action, another major phone company will stop cramming and prevent unscrupulous third parties from adding fees to bills without prior express consent."

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The combined 8 million in restitution and fees announced today come after a 5 million ding to AT&T’s balance sheet over cramming issues. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was blunt in a written comment: “For too long, consumers have been charged on their phone bills for things that they did

the Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ), while other fees may be used by CenturyLink to defray the cost of providing a particular service. They're listed on your bill Taxes, fees , and surcharges are listed under each of your CenturyLink services in the "Details" section of your bill .

CenturyLink has previously said its own internal investigation found no wrongdoing. The company has faced repeated complaints over issues related to alleged billing fraud, including an ongoing $12 billion class action lawsuit.

CenturyLink didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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