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slamming

[′slam·iŋ]
(naval architecture)
The impact of the bottom of a ship's bow hitting the water during a severe downward pitch.

slamming

The unauthorized switching of your long distance telephone provider. Unethical marketing organizations contact the local telephone company and claim that certain customers have authorized them to handle their long distance. The company may have obtained your name from a list or spoken to you over the phone with a clever hustle whereby you said yes once to another question. See cramming.
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According to the Federal Communications Commission, if affected by slamming, consumers don't have to pay for services resulting from this practice for up to 30 days.
The Federal Communications Commission on June 21 found WorldCom guilty of slamming in an order covering 15 individual consumer complaints.
AT&, in states across the nation, has been fined and sanctioned for slamming long-distance customers since 1996.
In the Comments filed today, Cable & Wireless USA argued the rules absolving consumers of the first 30 days of charges based solely on a slamming complaint is unfair to carriers and will result in widespread fraud.
In response to this concern, the California Public Utilities Commission, Consumer Action and Pacific Bell today issued this joint announcement alerting consumers to the possibility of local toll slamming.
Pacific Bell also announced today that complaints of slamming fell 26 percent in the company's California service area in 1998 as compared to 1997.
Unfortunately, even companies caught slamming customers had the potential to profit from their action," Oxler said.
However, I am concerned about the characterization of AT&T in Ameritech's release, particularly the statement that we are somehow involved in "massive deception and slamming of Michigan consumers.
today proposed that the Federal Communications Commission adopt a "three-strikes-and-you re-out" approach to penalizing telecommunications companies that repeatedly engage in slamming.
He added, "The survey shows that the most likely targets for slamming are those born in Mexico, those who have lived in the United States the shortest period of time, those least comfortable with the English language, and younger women.
AT&T supports programs that address the underlying causes of slamming, and, in fact, has been in the forefront in condemning slamming and finding ways to eliminate this industry problem.