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After weighing in on how to handle early-termination fees for about a year, the FCC has finally formalized its inquiries by sending letters…

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
photo: Tricia Duryee

After weighing in on how to handle early-termination fees for about a year, the FCC has finally formalized its inquiries by sending letters to AT&T (NYSE: T), Google (NSDQ: GOOG), Sprint (NYSE: S), T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless. The letters were sent by the FCC’s Consumer Bureau Chief Joel Gurin and Wireless Bureau Chief Ruth Milkman and are intended on gathering “facts and data on the consumer experience with wireless early termination fees,” according to a release.

The one surprise is that the FCC also sent a letter to Google, the only company that is not a carrier. In the letter, which is publicly available on the FCC’s website, the regulatory agency tells Google that the purpose is to gather information about whether customers are adequately informed about Google

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