New Bill Requires Carriers To Give Guaranteed Min. Data Speed
A new piece of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would require mobile carriers to provide a ‘guaranteed minimum’ for their data speeds to their potential customers. This would give customers a better idea of what they are signing up for, especially with unlimited data plans becoming a rarity.
Currently, wireless carriers provide a maximum speed which leaves many customers to assume that if they sign up with the wireless carrier, they too will receive similar speeds as the maximum. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and leaves many consumers with a bitter taste in their mouth.
The legislation is led by California Democrat and bill sponsor Anna Eshoo, who believes that customers deserve the right of knowing what they are getting into. Eshoo believes that we need to increase transparency.
I’d have to agree with this. If wireless companies are going to be greedy and remove their unlimited data packages, while keeping high prices, and nickel and dime us for every data overage, I’d like to know the exact minimum data speed to expect from my carrier.
Among those who expressed support for the bill included the Consumers Union, Media Access Project, and Public Knowledge.