We think not.

In what I can only consider to be the ultimate in cynical politics, the chair of the US Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin) published a letter he'd sent to the four CEOs of AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile noting his concern over the 100% increase in the cost of per-text messages since 2005. Now, that's not that cynical except to note that according to T-Mobile 90% of all text messages they send/receive are covered in a text messaging plan that has been falling by 50% since 2005. CTIA says that 75 billion text messages are sent in the USA each month, generating a big portion of the $27.5 billion/year in wireless data revenues.

But, interesting to me is that AT&T reports that there are 20 class-action lawsuits filed against them and other carriers about price-fixing for text messages and that 19 of them cite the Senator's concern among the reasons for the lawsuit.

So, in other words, the Democrat Senator identifies the target and the tort bar springs into action with what, I'm sure will be proven to be frivolous lawsuits.Yikes.

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