F.C.C. Extends 'Truth in Billing' Guidelines to Cellphones


WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (AP) - Regulators voted Thursday to extend "truth in billing" guidelines to cellphone bills in hopes of promoting clearer, shorter statements devoid of confusing add-on fees.

All five members of the Federal Communications Commission gave their support to a measure requiring cellphone bills to be "brief, clear, nonmisleading and in plain language." The guidelines already cover bills for traditional phone service.

The F.C.C. said it was misleading to suggest that any fees in addition to the base rate for cellphone service were caused by taxes or government-mandated charges.

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