Rep. Eshoo Introduces Truth-in-Billing Legislation

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Representative Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) has introduced the Truth-in-Billing, Remedies, and User Empowerment of Fees (TRUE Fees) Act (HR.6987), which according to a press release from her office, “requires phone, cable and Internet providers to include all charges in the prices they advertise for service, and provides remedies for consumers when they have been wrongfully charged.” Additionally, the TRUE Fees Act, if adopted, would allow subscribers to end their contract without early termination fees if the provider increases fees during the term of the contract. Additionally, the proposed law prevents price hikes on equipment fees unless there is actually an improvement made to the equipment. Finally, it prohibits forced arbitration clauses for wrongful billing. The TRUE Fees Act has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for further deliberation.

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