Press release: Udall talks ‘bill shock,’ campaign finance

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about the recent agreement between the FCC and the wireless association, CTIA, to reduce cell phone “bill shock”, and the inclusion of guidelines proposed by Udall. He also discussed the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on concussions and sports equipment marketing practices, featuring a witness from New Mexico. In addition, he highlighted a renewed effort to reduce the influence of money in political campaigns through an amendment to the Constitution. For the audio, click here.

Below is a timeline of Senator Udall’s remarks:

00:00 – Udall opens the conversation by discussing his efforts to end cell phone “bill shock”, which helped initiate the FCC-CTIA decision to notify consumers when they are nearing their monthly limit on data, text messaging and minutes. He also talks about a Wednesday hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee that will examine the marketing of sports equipment with anti-concussion claims. Finally, he previews his plan to introduce a constitutional amendment to regulate campaign financing and touches on a component of the jobs bill, which will be under debate in the Senate this week.

07:29 – Highlights how much the new guidelines agreed to by the FCC and CTIA are needed to ensure that consumers are protected from costly, unexpected cell phone bills.

09:40 – Urges the Senate to pass a jobs bill that puts teachers and first responders back to work.