FCC Hoping to Toss Verizon's Data Roaming Challenge
Updated: Corrected the angle of the story
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.
Flat Wireless Alleges Verizon Charging Unfair Roaming Rates
Flat Wireless, a Texas-based company, has filed a complaint with the FCC over roaming rates charged by Verizon Wireless. Flat said Verizon's data rates are "unjust and unreasonable in absolute terms and in relation to charges assessed by Verizon Wireless for similar services to its retail customers, MVNOs, and to international roaming partners.
FCC Stuffs Lobbyists' Attempt to Stay Net Neutrality Rules
The FCC has denied petitions filed by a wide range of lobbying organizations that sought to stay the FCC's proposed net neutrality regulations. The CTIA Wireless Association, USTelecom, AT&T, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, CenturyLink, American Cable Association, and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association all filed petitions hoping to prevent the FCC from formally adopting its rules in early June.
Carriers to Rely on CTIA, Other Trade Groups to Sue FCC
AT&T, Verizon Wireless and other mobile network operators won't sue the FCC over its proposed net neutrality plans on their own, but will through a number of trade groups. Sources cited by Reuters suggest the move will allow the carriers to streamline their litigation and prevent them from becoming the targets of backlash.
FCC Pushes Privacy Rules Forward
The FCC on Thursday followed through on plans to tackle consumer privacy. The agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to govern the use of consumer data by broadband providers, both wired and wireless.
FCC Likely to Side with AT&T and Verizon in Spectrum Fight
The FCC is close to making a final decision regarding how much spectrum to set aside for smaller carriers in next year's 600MHz auction and T-Mobile isn't going to be happy. The FCC has already set aside 30MHz of the airwaves in question for smaller carriers, thereby limiting how much spectrum AT&T and Verizon — the nation's two largest carriers — can acquire.
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...
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
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.
I respect t...
It is even more debatale whether the very existence of the FCC is constitutional. It's existence has been challenged on constitutional grounds...
A capitalism can only strive...
Roaming Agreements is the only solution that works
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.
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...