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FCC Hoping to Toss Verizon's Data Roaming Challenge

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Mar 8, 2012, 12:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Mar 8, 2012, 2:23 PM

The Federal Communications Commission today moved to toss an appeal filed by Verizon Wireless regarding the FCC's statutory authority to mandate that wireless network operators provide roaming agreements to competitors. The FCC adopted rules last year that requires the nation's largest wireless network operators (primarily AT&T and Verizon Wireless) to forge voice and data roaming agreements with smaller rivals in regions where the smaller rival doesn't provide its own coverage. The FCC believes this to be the best action for American consumers, who, theoretically, will have more seamless access to voice and mobile broadband services. Verizon believes that the FCC overstepped its authority to make such rulings, and wants the regulations vacated. In today's filing, the FCC argues that Verizon's case is invalid and asks for it to be dismissed.

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Slammer

Mar 9, 2012, 10:23 AM

FCC=Cosumer Advocacy

I'm hearing a lot of negativity from people in this forum expressing their dissatisfaction of the FCC's "intervention" with big business inside the wirless industry. One can only presume that most of these people are paid individuals associated with carriers.

Since I'm not one of these people, I would like to propose that each of you extract yourselves from the element for a moment and place yourselves in another industry. Let's say Gas and Electric. Imagine the repercussions we would endure if this industry were not regulated. We would stand little chance of voicing our concerns.

Now, if we take notice of the FCC's goal to ensure that all consumers have access to mobile broadband, we can easily assess that their reasoning is simple an...
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I'm hearing a lot of negativity from people in this forum expressing their dissatisfaction of the FCC's "intervention" with big business inside the wirless industry. One can only presume that most of these people are
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Let's be clear. Nobody on here is talking about no regulation. The concern of most of us is not so much regulation as abuse of power. There needs to be guarantees put into place that the FCC is not the be all and end all decision maker. Right now ...
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dlmjr

Mar 8, 2012, 3:18 PM

Possibly

It is debateable if the FCC has overstepped it's mandates by forcing carriers into roaming agreements.

I know that there will be a ton of 'nu uhhh' posts, but the FCC has evolved since it's inception.

It's scope has broadened from assuring that radio stations didn't overpower each other to beins some sort of public advocate over prices and tons of things that weren't origianlly envisioned.

There is not constitutional right to cellular service. Plain and simple.

Forcing corporations into business practices 'for the good of the people' is somewhat socialistic and if it goes too far, we might as well throw free market to the wolves.

Now here come the nu-uhhh posts and the 'it's public resource' spectrum arguments.

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I agree with you. Big government should not be mixing with big business. The big question is if the FCC forced the roaming agreements as a knee-jerk reaction to smaller carriers not being able to obtain spectrum licensing because bigger companies bo...
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"It is debateable if the FCC has overstepped it's mandates by forcing carriers into roaming agreements."

It is even more debatale whether the very existence of the FCC is constitutional. It's existence has been challenged on constitutional grounds...
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Yeah. The FCC should just let companies do whatever they want. Rolling Eyes
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Some things have to be regulated, especially if they are a finite resource. Would you rather one company owns the licenses to all spectrum, and every other company goes bankrupt because they lack the ability to compete.

A capitalism can only strive...
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furyx639

Mar 8, 2012, 4:18 PM

Roaming Agreements is the only solution that works

Verizon and AT&T want to license so much spectrum, but it's not infinite. If Verizon and AT&T own the majority of spectrum, it leaves no room for any other company to grow into.

How else are we supposed to compromise? Spectrum has to be regulated in some way, otherwise we would end up with a monopoly (or duopoly).

The way Verizon or AT&T would have it is that they would own all the spectrum, and not have to share any of it so that all the little companies would crumble up and disappear, because they have no way of competing.
The other companies were not locked out of spectrum bids.

Some of the smaller companies use this to avoid spectrum purchases and investment in equipment.

The omg Verison and ATT own all the spectrum is a myth.

MVNO's are a creation of the FCC...
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