FCC offers plans to regulate cell phone cancellation fees

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The good news: the head of the Federal Communications Commission has laid out a plan to regulate the high fees cell phone companies charge consumers for bailing out of their wireless contracts early.

The not-so-good news: it's similar to a plan put forth by the cell phone industry last month.

Kevin Martin's plan would see the termination fees linked to the actual costs of the phones. In addition, the fees would be reduced over the time of the contract.

Martin noted during a hearing yesterday that his own wife is among those upset about the fee structure as it stands. But the FCC boss didn't specifically commit the agency to regulating the fees.

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