Legislators propose a bill demanding clearer 4G definitions
posted by Ken N. / Jun 22, 2011, 2:15 PM
But the average consumer is still unclear on what exactly a '4G' network really is. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, is proposing legislation that would demand more transparency regarding 4G networks.
The Next Generation Wireless Disclosure Act would require carriers to provide detailed information on speeds, coverage, pricing, and the technology itself. Additionally, it would require a side-by-side comparison of the top 10 networks with 4G.
Eshoo compares the disclosure to the fuel economy and safety standards required on new automobiles: "Consumers deserve to know exactly what they're getting for their money when they sign up for a 4G data plan."
We figure that the 'average consumer' doesn't really care about the specifics, so long as it's considerably faster than their 3G network. And the more savvy buyers are going to do their own research. On the other hand, it would be nice to have detailed coverage (including projected buildout) information at the point of sale.
source: CNN via Phone Scoop
@ jd829 You should learn a thing or two about congress and their procedures before you open your mouth.
posted on Jun 22, 2011, 4:04 PM 1
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@87168 Feel free to enlighten me there fella, or am I the only person who believes Congress needs to focus on things that matter, like eliminating this $14 trillion debt that is threatening to bankrupt our great nation?
posted on Jun 22, 2011, 5:08 PM 3
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Wait lol, THIS is what Congress has on its agenda? Those damn Democrats surely know how to waste our valuable time. What's next, the Obamanation Administration going to next tax me on food I like to heat? Honestly as much as I'd like a clearer definition of 4G, this is really a dumbassery move for them to make rather than focus on "real" issues but what can you expect from an office led by a crook who takes more vacations than I change my underwear.
posted on Jun 22, 2011, 5:16 PM 2
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Gotta love butthurts who negatively downgrade a comment lol as if I care. Democrats are stupid and primarily the reason why this nation is sucking day by day.
posted on Jun 22, 2011, 7:14 PM 1
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Miz, why do you alway whine about your negatives? When you say something stupid, that's what usually happens. And judging by your last few post...it's going to happen to you a lot. So take it like a man, or quit saying stupid stuff.
posted on Jun 23, 2011, 12:34 AM 2
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Oh, and of course the Republicans are so intent on getting something accomplished. As long as that accomplishment is blocking anything constructive.
posted on Jun 22, 2011, 8:34 PM 2
HAH! I love it when Washington puts on a show for us. The two-headed monster... Republicans, Democrats... Republicrats... oh yeah, and don't forget all those wonderful corporate special interests! It seems to have grown into a three-headed monster...
posted on Jun 22, 2011, 8:43 PM 0
4g is a made up fictional word in the us. ITS ALL FAKE BS THAT SOME BIGWIG MADE UP. cuz the next step is 5g and so on.. its all f**king marketing, im sorry f*ck the deficit. this is a legit bill, that i think should be in placed. But our 14 trill deficit, you really think that will ever get fixed? are you all that nieve? the gov. spends more than they can make in a day, im sorry, but its true. our gov. don't give a s**t about us other then our precious tax dollars. and if we stopped hiring foreigners with fake ss's and all that good jazz we wouldn't be in such a hole. o and start killing off old people.. because once you hit 90 your ass shoulda been in a coffin 25 years ago! just sayin' that 7.5 of that 14 tril is because of old people.
posted on Jun 22, 2011, 5:16 PM 1
People who actually care about their "4G" definitions should do their own homework, and figure out their own definition of what they consider to be "4G" based on what they need... and then research it out and find what they are looking for. The old addage from yesteryear still applies today; "Buyer beware!" As far as I am concerned, the ITU should never have backed down on their initial standard. LTE-Advanced is the only technology (and possibly WiMAX IEEE 802.16m) I can think of that actually qualifies as a true "4G" technology... WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e-2005) and LTE, being what most of us would consider "4G", are not really fast enough to qualify by the ITU's old standard, although they are both based on OFDMA rather than either GSM, iDEN, or CDMA: I would call them "3.75G". As far as HSPA+ goes, I would say that is "3.5G" at best, as it is a simple extension of HSPA and UMTS: it is all still based on W-CDMA, which is decidedly "3G" in my book... The government is always looking for ways to "take care" of us, because they "know best", and apparently have to "protect" us from our own laziness and mistakes. If we actually bother to take care of things on our own, then we do not need "Big Brother" to watch over us, rather than letting the government be "responsible" for us so that we can spend all our time being entertained constantly. I am tired of getting the government that certain other people deserve...
posted on Jun 22, 2011, 5:39 PM 1
I'm with you guys! I am with Verizon and I know that those guys really care about me. I don't want no stinking government oversight mixing in with the free market and corporate America. We should trust companies to do the right thing and do what is is our best interests. In fact, let's get rid of government all together and go back to the wild west days when the rich bought the sheriff and the little guy got steamrolled on a daily basis, and no one cared. Your all idiots.
posted on Jun 22, 2011, 7:29 PM 2
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