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H.R. 5572 (114th): Protect Consumers from Phony Phone Charges Act of 2016

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 23, 2016 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5572

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 23, 2016

(for herself, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, Mr. Grijalva, and Mr. Honda) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To require the Federal Communications Commission to complete a rulemaking proceeding relating to placing unauthorized charges on the telecommunications bill of a consumer.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protect Consumers from Phony Phone Charges Act of 2016.

2.

Rulemaking relating to cramming

(a)

Definition

In this section, the term cramming means the act of placing unauthorized charges on a wireline, wireless, or bundled services telephone bill of a consumer.

(b)

Rulemaking

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Federal Communications Commission shall complete a rulemaking proceeding relating to cramming, during which the Commission shall consider whether to issue a rule to require blocking the placement of third-party charges on a wireline, wireless, or bundled services telephone bill of a consumer under the criteria upon which the Commission relied when the Commission entered into a consent decree relating to cramming with any mobile voice and data service provider.