wireless carriers should not be allowed to continue the practice of early termination fees


Should wireless carriers be allowed to continue the practice of early termination fees?

This is a position paper and my position is no, they should not be allowed to continue the practice of early termination fees?

A. Provide the background of the problem or issue

•Explain it
•Give it context
•Describe significance

B. Current Status of the Problem
•What is currently happening in this area?
•What is the status of this question (is the FCC addressing it? Congress? States? Everyone, but no one is doing it right? Everyone, and it’s contributing to the problem!)
-compare between the company who practice of early termination fees and who are not practice of early termination fees

C.Importance of the Problem

•What will happen if the problem is left alone?
•Why is it important for policy makers to consider the problem?
•Who wins if nothing is done? Who loses if nothing is done?
•Is there a public benefit or an economic benefit or consideration?

D.Statement of the Problem
•Is the problem clearly defined, using relevant data?
•For example, is there data to suggest that rural areas are not having broadband deployed at the same rate as urban areas and there’s support to show that it’s due to the fact that cable companies do not qualify for universal service? Support your statement of the problem with facts about what is known and how the problem or issue is defined.
What is the appropriate resolution or policy for this issue? Why? What support do you have for this position? Make your position persuasive and believable. You’ll want to draw from highly credible sources! Imagine getting legal advice from the person who fixes your car! You’d rather have it from your lawyer. Now imagine your lawyer fixing your car. You’d rather have your trusted mechanic! Make sure your source is credible. Credible sources mean strong support!

-Structure of Paper

Title Page – Make sure you include your paper’s title, course name, instructor name, your name, YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, date of completion. Indicate whether you are an undergraduate or whether you are a graduate student.

Abstract – This is an 80 word or less description of the overall paper. It is not an introduction.

Table of Contents

Introduction – An introduction should grab the reader and identify the importance of the topic and particularly your approach to the topic.

Body – Structure your paper using headings and subheading. This helps you to organize the material and it helps the reader understand your paper. The headings and subheadings should correspond to your table of contents.

Examine the issue, technology, the law and policy surrounding the issue. Describe the controversy or issue. Demonstrate its importance to the reader. Examine the law in this area. Summarize cases and/or statutes, provide data and otherwise use evidence to build a framework for analysis. What are the legal, technological, or policy options? Examine the options in depth and identify the impacts (policy and financial on the parties affected) of each. Which option or combination of options should be adopted?

Conclusion – Draw the paper to a close with a powerful conclusion that summarizes where the reader has been.



1-Realize that each fact, legal case, or statute should be documented with a citation. Each assertion should either be supported by a citation of evidence whether it be a case, statute, regulation, study or “expert,” or it should be built upon the evidence that you have provided. Conclusions should be built upon the layers of evidence that you have gathered.

2-Typically, popular press sources such as Time, Newsweek, etc. should only be relied upon to provide facts. E.g. date of passage of a statute, statements of politicians, or the amount of the Federal Deficit. As much as possible, you want to rely on primary research. Primary research includes original studies – usually published in academic and industry publications, court cases, testimony, or statutes. Do not use Wikipedia as a primary resource in this course. We can debate its usefulness anytime you like, but you will lose points if you use it as a primary resource for research in this course.

3-This research papers must be submitted through Safe Assignment® which examines papers against a national database of papers and publications for plagiarism.



Early Termination Fees are the fees charged by wireless service providers if a subscriber terminates the service before the expiry of the service contract. The amount charged varies from none to over $300 (FCC, 2010). The issue of Early Termination Fees has been the subject of rigorous debate and contention. While consumers and activists view the policy with indignation, terming Early Termination Fees as an exploitive way of maintaining their subscriber base in a competitive service market, wireless carriers maintain that these fees are necessary to recoup investments made in subsidizing handsets for the consumer. This paper seeks to explore whether wireless carriers should be allowed to continue the practice of Early Termination Fees.