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New N.Y. Law Targets Hidden Net LD Tolls
- From: Fergie (Paul Ferguson)
- Date: Wed Aug 17 22:07:35 2005
Must be fun days in NY State with Eliot Spitzer as AG. Lots of
"(mumble) war on cyber (mumble) crime (mumble) national security
Actually, I kind of like the guy for taking some disreputable
companies to task
An AP newswire article by Michael Gormley, via Yahoo! News,
A new law that's apparently the first in the nation threatens to penalize Internet service providers that fail to warn users that some dial-up numbers can ring up enormous long-distance phone bills even though they appear local.
A long distance call even within the same area code can cost 8 to 12 cents a minute, adding up to hundreds, even thousands of dollars a month.
Companies face fines of up to $500 for each offense, and consumers could pursue civil action claiming an unfair business practice.
The National Conference of State Legislatures said it knows of no similar law elsewhere.
"Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
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