WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Tuesday praised the nation’s four largest wireless companies, all of whom recently announced plans to expedite mobile donations to relief efforts in Japan.
Boxer sent a letter to AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless on March 18 urging them to remit mobile donations to Japanese relief efforts as quickly as possible. If not expedited, these text donations can take as long as 90 days to be sent to relief organizations while the contributions are being collected through the wireless company’s billing process.
“I am pleased that our nation’s four largest wireless providers will expedite mobile donations to Japanese relief efforts to help the victims of this terrible disaster,” Boxer said. “Now all those who send their donations by text can rest assured that their contributions are being rushed to assist those most in need.”
Concerns about the delay in remitting text donations to Japan were raised by Masaya Uchino, a third-year law student at University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. To draw attention to the issue, Uchino created an online petition at Change.org, which has gathered more than 66,000 signatures.
To see Boxer’s letter and the four companies’ responses, go to http://boxer.senate.gov/en/press/releases/032911.cfm.