Issues

Broadband Policy – A National Policy

Retailers are very interested in advancing broadband in America. Consumer appetite for bandwidth continues to grow as internet use becomes video intensive and mobile applications bring the internet to your pocket.

CERC is especially pleased that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has begun work on making possible for consumers to chose their cable access devices rather than only be able to rent them from their service provider.

FCC’s National Broadband Plan: Connecting America – 03.16.10

 

CPSC – Consumer Product Safety Commission

Product saftey is of the highest important to CERC members. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) is implementing new legislation to better protect consumers, especially children, from products that contain lead and Phthalates. CERC has offered suggestions to the CSPC to ensure that the new law is implemented in a manner that does not add excessive costs to consumers and preserves the ability of consumers to purchase safe products.

DTVDigital Television Transition & Antenna Guide

CERC was proud to be at the forefont of America's successful transition to digital television. All CERC members participated in the federal coupon program which helped viewers purchase a converter box to watch digital television on an analog television set. Now that DTV has arrived, CERC, broadcasters and manufactures have published an antenna guide to help consumers find the best antenna to fully enjoy digital television broadcasts.

Energy EfficiencyTelevision Energy Usage & FTC Energy Guide

CERC members are strong supporters of the very succesful Energy Star program which is a voluntary effort to educate and inform consumers of the energy use of appliances. CERC does not support a state by state approach to energy efficiency. If energy efficiency standards are to be implemented for televisions and other consumer electronics, it should be done at the federal level based on solid science and engineering and following a full opportunity to comment.

Federal Trade Commission: CERC Supplemental Comments - Rule Concerning Disclosures Regarding Energy Consumption and Water Use. Energy Policy and Conservation Act – 10.16.09

Federal Trade Commission: CERC Comments Concerning Disclosures Regarding Energy Consumption and Water Use of Certain Home Appliances and Other Products Required Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act “Appliance Labeling Rule” – 05.14.09

CERC letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee – Chairman: American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009; ENERGY STAR and “Best in Class” programs – 04.29.09

CERC letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee – Ranking Member: American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009; ENERGY STAR and “Best in Class” programs – 04.29.09

Energy Use Guidelines proposed by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for Televisions:

CERC letter to the California Energy Commission (CEC): 2008 Rulemaking Proceeding on Appliance (Television) Efficiency Regulations: Docket No. 07-AAER-3C – 10.16.09

Californians for Smart Energy Sing-up Form – 09.01.09

Additional CERC comments to the California Energy Commission (CEC): Rulemaking Proceeding on Appliance (Television) Efficiency Regulations: Docket No. 07-AAER-3C – 01.12.09

E-911 Fees – Prepaid Wireless Services

CERC members appreciate and support the dedicated and heroic work of all those who make 911 work nationwide. CERC opposes efforts by telecommunications carriers to shift the burden of collecting 911 fees from prepaid wireless subscribers from the carriers to retailers. Such a system will be expensive for consumers, retailers and states and would produce fewer resources for 911 than would be collected if current carrier based obligations were fully enforced.

Opposition to House Bill 782 - Regarding the Collection of E-911 Emergency Services Fees at Retail Point of Sale on Prepaid Wireless Telecommunications Services to Consumers – 06.25.09

CERC NCSL Raleigh NC Meeting – 05.29.09 (PowerPoint)

CERC Opposition to E-911 Retail Point of Sale Fee Legislation on Prepaid Wireless Telecommunications Services to Consumers – 05.18.09

CERC E-911 Fee NCSL Meeting DC – 04.22.09 (PowerPoint)

MA E-911 Fee Letter – 04.20.09

E-911 Fee Collection – 01.30.09

E-Recycling – Handling Consumer Electronics at their End-of-Life

CERC members have led the way to divert electronic waste from landfills by encouraging and facilitating recycling. CERC believes that recycling legislation should be handled on the federal level. However, a number of states have enacted electronic recycling laws. If a state is to adopt a recycling law, it is important that it be based on the principal of manufacturer responsibility. CERC opposes advance recovery fees, because of the burden they place on consumers and the failure of the system to encourage economies of scale in the recycling industry.

CERC PowerPoint presentation at E-Scrap Conference, Orlando, FL – 09.23.09 (PowerPoint)

CERC E-Waste Principles for State Legislation – 05.12.09

CERC House Energy and Commerce Committee Best in Class letter – 04.29.09

Letter to Chairman Bart Gordon, House Committee on Science and Technology / Re: Electronic Waste Research and Development Act – 03.18.09

Bill introduced in the House of Representatives referencing electronics waste: National Water Research and Development Initiative PDF – 02.06.09

Overview of House Science and Technology Committee Draft E-Waste R&D Legislation – 02.02.09

Comments regarding New York City Department of Sanitation’s proposed rules governing electronic equipment collection and recycling and reuse – 10.31.08

Letter to New Hampshire E-Waste Study Commission – 10.20.08

CERC Texas E Waste Letter – 06.18.08

Lithium Batteries – U.S. Department of Transportation/PHMSA

Rechargable lithium batteries power countless consumer electronics devices. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is considering new rules about the shipment of lithium batteries by air. CERC is encouraging the DOT to take consumer and retailer costs into account in setting the rules for lithium batteries and products which use them. DOT should not impose new costs on consumers when there is no evidence of risk to air safety,