The Big Three telephone cellular networks are in talks to impose considerable bans on the use of cellular phones out of the home. In effect, these bans would immediately disconnect the user when engaging in usage that is deemed “unnecessary, intrusive and ridiculous.”
Under this voluntary agreement, the networks would enforce these new guidelines based on their belief that current customers are straining too far from the original developer’s intentions. Under the proposed ban, the customer would be immediately disconnected when they:
- walked right in front of someone while talking and couldn’t take a moment to say “excuse me.”
- used profanity repeatedly before 9:00 in the morning while relating last night’s incidents to the person that couldn’t make it.
- stopped right in the middle of the street, blocking other people’s movement, to say “i did not. what? what are you trying to say?” or other things that could wait until they got home.
- exceeded the normal decibel level of speech if the person was right next to them.
- played music through the speaker instead of the earphones in direct conflict with the Boombox Repeal Act of 1996.
- did not pay attention to their children.
If deemed unanimous amongst the companies, these regulations would be brought up before Congress, which they concede is an uphill battle. Unless they turned off their phones so they’d listen.