Legislators propose a bill demanding clearer 4G definitions

Legislators propose a bill demanding clearer 4G definitions
Not so long ago, there was debate about whether WiMAX and even LTE constituted '4G' networks. And the International Telecommunication Union determined that neither qualified. They later changed their standards to include WiMAX, LTE, and HSPA+.

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



1. jd829

Posts: 155; Member since: Feb 24, 2010

So I'm assuming congress has got that $14 trillion budget deficit fixed, that's why they're deciding to mandate something this trivial?

2. 87168 unregistered

@ jd829 You should learn a thing or two about congress and their procedures before you open your mouth.

3. cnance

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

seriously, jd829 has nailed it on the head. you must be one of the congressmen/women who like to waste the tax payers hard earn dollars.

8. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

@ 87168 you should be less of a douche before you open yours.

4. jd829

Posts: 155; Member since: Feb 24, 2010

@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?

18. 87168 unregistered

So ill-informed. It's hysterical.

5. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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.

11. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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.

19. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

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.

15. ibap

Posts: 873; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Oh, and of course the Republicans are so intent on getting something accomplished. As long as that accomplishment is blocking anything constructive.

17. hepresearch unregistered

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...

6. koolaid unregistered

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.

7. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

This subject about 4G shouldnt be mentioned yet. No one has true 4G yet only the technology to make it possible but no.

9. hepresearch unregistered

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...

10. SomeGuy unregistered


12. Mark W unregistered

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.

13. cnwwyo

Posts: 126; Member since: May 26, 2011

that same stuff still goes on today, just not as obvious, and there are probly more dumb people who just want to be lazy and get free stuff

16. hepresearch unregistered

Hi Mark! I like your sarcasm, too.

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