Unauthorized Charges on Telephone Bills: Why Crammers Win and Consumers Lose

July 13, 2011

253 Russell Senate Office Building

Feature Image: 2 Oversight&InvestigationsWASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today announced a full committee hearing to examine reports of unauthorized mystery charges being placed on landline telephone bills, a practice commonly referred to as “cramming.” The hearing comes after a yearlong Commerce Committee investigation into cramming and its impact on American consumers.

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Webcast

Majority Statement

  • Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

    U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Witness Panel 1

  • Ms. Lisa Madigan

    Attorney General
    State of Illinois
  • Mr. Elliot Burg

    Assistant Attorney General
    Office of the Vermont Attorney General
    Burg Testimony (462.72 KB)
  • Ms. Susan Eppley

    Decatur, Georgia
    Eppley Testimony (74.18 KB)
  • Mr. David Spofford

    Chief Executive Office
    Xigo, LLC
  • Mr. Walter McCormick Jr.

    President and CEO
    U.S. Telecom Association