Senate bill could force carriers to be truthful about 4G

By Matthew · 17 replies
Oct 14, 2011
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  1. US Senators are mulling over a bill that aims to cut through the grand marketing façade that is 4G. Filed yesterday, the legislation would force wireless carriers to clarify the…

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  2. Cell companies are not going to be happy about this........
  3. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Thing is, if it carries on without legislation we're going to be at 5,000,000G before we even see the proper speed that 4G should bring. An over-exaggeration I know, but a good point none-the-less.
  4. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    "guaranteed minimum data speed"

    Not going to happen. Like the article says wireless has too many variables depending on the situation.
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    I read awhile back that the ITU actually gave the blessing to carriers to use 4G for their non-4G service...
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,333   +101

  7. This bill is dead at birth. All it will do is bring out the lobbyists offering money to any and all Senators who oppose it. Political contributions will win out over the consumer... again.
  8. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 167

    All the more reason to join and contribute to Occupy Wall Street.
  9. pixelstuff

    pixelstuff TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Who decided 4G was 100Mbps?

    Seems like 4G is a relative term indicating the next generation after 3G. What group decided that 4G had to actually be 100Mbps? Are they trying to mimic wired Ethernet generations? Seems more logical to aim for Wifi generations at 11Mbps, 54Mbps and eventually 300Mbps.
  10. Good thing congress is now arguing over this instead of Obama's job bill.

    Holy **** is that some ****ed up priorities.
  11. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,685   +1,083

    sad to say it is a real issue though. It like companies just saying HIGH SPEED INTERNET! wwowowowowowo....
    bunch of bull
  12. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,073   +428

    I would rather have 100mb/s home internet as opposed to on my phone. 100mb/s internet is valued at ~$170 a month where I live (North eastern United States).
  13. Prudent Commissioning of Carrier Services will be beneficial to the
    welfare in Mobility Commerce, Consumer Protection, Competitions,
    and Social Networking Ecosystem Synergy.

    Korea Carrier is offering at 17,000 kpbs
    China Carrier mobile commerce is offering 15,000 kpbs
    Japan Carrier Social Networking is enjoying 15,000 kpbs

    Asian Mobile Commerce presently is Globally # 1

    It is time to Commission Carrier offering Services for Commerce
  14. These bills get introduced for the sole purpose of attracting lobbyist dollars. Of course it will never happen... no one who isn't a sheep ever thought for a second it would. Welcome to what is merely one of the outer onion-layers of government corruption. You don't want to imagine what is going on further in.
  15. Will the pile ever stop growing..?????
  16. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    It's the same with telecom companies all over the world. They tend to go overboard with all the marketing crap. Even if they could, by some technological miracle, actually give us a 1 Gb/s connection, who would want to surf at that speed on a tiny LCD screen ?
  17. So a bill that says they must tell the truth. Isn't it a sad commentary on society when we must legislate truth?
  18. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Lol... sure... while they're at it, can we get some guidlines around the "Organic" label?

    They should throw in a provision that says carriers need to tell customers that there isn't a 4G network in their city before selling them a 4G phone.

    Or maybe this'll die fast because guaranteed download speeds are sorta like guaranteed highway driving speeds. There are many uncontrollable factors.

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