CU to Unveil Technology-Information Site

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The Consumers Union will announce Thursday the launch of a Web site designed to help consumers navigate media and telecommunications issues and take action if, for example, they think they have been billed incorrectly.

The Web site ( invites visitors to sign up for e-mail alerts and contains information tabs on cable, broadcasting, phone companies and wireless providers. A public-policy section on media ownership is also available.

Evaluating the information was not possible because the site’s links were inactive Tuesday except for a sign-up form that asked for an e-mail address and ZIP code.

The CU remains an active supporter of forcing cable companies to provide programming channels on an a la carte basis -- a policy proposal that a recent Federal Communications Commission study said would cause consumers to pay more to view their favorite group of channels.

The group is planning to hold a press conference in Washington, D.C., Thursday to explain the new site.

“As a portal to information from hundreds of community and national groups, the site will empower consumers by providing the latest in media-telecom news and advice and provide the tools to take action for better and more affordable media, telephone, cable and Internet services and equipment,” the CU said in a press release Tuesday.