Senate to grill cell providers about high texting fees

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to take a hard line with cell phone executives at a hearing about the escalating cost of sending text messages.

The hearing, at 2:30 p.m. June 19, was brought on in part by the concerned voice of Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl.

A story from News Junkie indicates that Kohl suspects cell phone companies are taking advantage of consumers by simply exploiting the popularity of text messaging. It would seem that the senator expects that cell companies must justify rapid rate increases using something more than the pursuit of profit principle.

It may seem odd that Herb Kohl, a millionaire capitalist, would find it necessary to rake corporate executives over the coals regarding service fees which should be fully managed by free market conditions. This gives rise to the possibility that by these hearings, the Judiciary Committee is seeking to ascertain whether aspects of price fixing and collusion are in play.

In any case, those consumers who are interested in text messaging fee expenses, or who simply have an interest in government hearings, the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights is providing a Webcast of the event titled:

"Cell Phone Text Messaging Rate Increases and the State of Competition in the Wireless Market"

Be sure to have your popcorn on hand.

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