Liberty: -- Talking Points -- Hang up on this
- Hang up on this
Although you'd be hard-pressed to find any language in the
Constitution authorizing such a thing, Congress is now entertaining a
"Cell Phone User Bill of Rights" that would impose a variety of new
mandates on the wireless industry.
Senator Charles Schumer has proposed the measure as a way to "foster
competition," "improve disclosure" and "[make] it easier for consumers
to choose plans."
Hmmm... perhaps Sen. Schumer is not talking about the same cell phone
industry that the other 137 million of us currently subscribe to in
America because it is difficult to see where the crisis is here.
Consumers aren't clamoring for federal regulation, and why should
Today, almost all Americans have a choice of at least three cellular
providers in their communities, with most having five or six to choose
from. Average local monthly bills fell from an estimated $95 per month
in 1988 to roughly $47 in 2002. Service options and calling plans have
multiplied. And service quality is constantly improving as carriers
build-out their networks.
This sounds like a classic capitalist success story, not a pending
consumer crisis that requires bureaucratic intervention to head off.
Why not a "Clean Gas Station Bathroom Bill of Rights" and a "Speedy
Restaurant Service Bill of Rights" while we're at it? Such proposals
assume we have a God-given right to things we have no right to
Congress should spend less time penning new Bill of Rights' proposals
and start doing more to honor and restore the Founders' original 10.
-- Adam D. Thierer, The New York Post March 12, 2003
- "The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians
in office." Will Rogers
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