The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday proposed a major change to its mobile phone billing industry.
Under the proposed rule, if you don�t have a mobile phone number, your phone company can use the bill-paying service you provide as evidence of your identity.
That would be a significant change, since many Americans use their mobile phone numbers to pay for phone service.
The rule will go into effect next week, meaning if you have a new mobile phone or plan to buy one, you�ll need to contact the biller to get a new phone number.
You can still use the information you provide to make a phone call without using the bill.
However, you will need to give the bill holder your name, address, and phone number in order to make the call.
Under the proposal, you can still request a bill for a phone that has already been billed.
That would require you to write in the name of the phone company, which could result in a long bill.
In a statement, the FCC said, �The Commission will not be requiring any phone company to provide an identity check for customers who don� t have a wireless device, but will require that the phone number provided be a unique identifier that allows the bill company to verify the identity of the caller.
If the number provided is not a unique ID, it could be used as a means to obtain information from the caller in order for the caller to make an identity verification request.
The Commission will take into consideration the privacy concerns of consumers and will carefully consider any information the company provides, as well as the privacy implications of providing personal information to billers, in determining the privacy impact of providing such information to consumers.
The FCC will continue to work with the companies that provide mobile phone service to provide additional guidance on how the information provided should be used and will ensure that any information provided does not infringe on the privacy rights of consumers.�The FCC did not address the issue of how the company would verify the name and address of a caller.
The agency�s rule would apply to all phone companies and all mobile phone providers.
The change would apply only to companies that offer prepaid phone plans.
The Federal Communications Commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel, told the New York Times, �It�s going to change the way the phone industry is going to work.
It�s a big change for consumers and businesses.
Consumers are not going to like that change.
I think it is important for us to have an informed debate about this.
But it�s important to understand that the privacy of all Americans is at stake.�The proposal was proposed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and will take effect Jan. 2.