The FCC Vs. Comcast: A Lesson For Telecoms in Customer Care


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Not even the world’s biggest companies are invincible.

In a settlement published by the Federal Communications Commission, the agency cited several customer allegations from a recent investigation conducted by the FCC of Comcast Corporation over a two-year time span.   Common service fees, taxes, late fees and other similar charges can be normal for billing practices; However, “cramming,” a practice by some companies involving small fees being added to customers’ bills, studied by industry analysts for its relation to customer service treatment, was credited as a contributor to Comcast’s overall situation.

Following the investigation, Comcast agreed to pay a $2.3 million fine, not a huge amount of money for a company as large as Comcast but the largest civil penalty ever assessed against a cable provider, according to the FCC.

HDT prides itself on providing its clients with a genuine experience when questions, concerns or other feedback arises. Customer care is a priority not to be compromised and it is with diligence that we work to distinguish ourselves from industry competitors.  In order to have clear, accurate customer records and an honest channel of communication between company and customer, HDT bills customers only for services explicitly agreed upon and signed for, that are reflected in quotes and/or estimates provided to customers, with no hidden fees or charges other than a Federal Universal Service Fund, Regulatory Fees, TRS and Hawaii General Excise Tax.  In addition to this, HDT keeps records of customer actions made, inquiries or updates so that the company is informed about the customer’s status and, if the customer inquires, records can be referenced. All of this is done to ensure customers are not blindsided but, if they have questions, can more easily be helped.

Feel free to reach out to HDT’s Client Relations & Support Center at any time, by phone at (808) 440-8700, or by email at


The Serious Case of the Flammable Note 7

Recently, you may have heard once, twice or nearly every day on the nightly news of new cases of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phones randomly catching fire or exploding around the country.  Tests have been made and recalls issued but, as of yet, there still is not a direct known cause as to why the phones are overheating to such extreme temperatures.  In a surprise move that may save Samsung in the long run, the company has stopped all sales and shipments of the phone and the product has been pulled from circulation entirely.

In the statement Samsung issued last week, the company said “Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note 7 or replacement Galaxy Note 7 device should power down and stop using the device.” That surely put a wrench in things for device users for whom smartphones have become an integral part of everyday life for work and personal use. The dependability of phone technology is, arguably, one of the highest priorities for consumers so, if you’ve been affected by this, we feel for you.

If you recently purchased a Note 7? Here’s some replacement phones to consider.