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T-Mobile Wants FCC to Weigh In On Data Roaming

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Jun 20, 2014, 1:11 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

T-Mobile has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission with the hope that it will help define "commercially reasonable" data roaming rates. T-Mobile does not want the FCC to set or regulate roaming rates for mobile data, but it does want the FCC to offer some guidance on what is acceptable. In its request, T-Mobile called out AT&T for setting what it believes are unreasonable rates. "T-Mobile has been forced to throttle and cap its customers' ability to roam on AT&T's data network due to AT&T's unreasonably high data roaming rates. This is precisely the type of impact on consumers that the 'commercially reasonable' standard should be interpreted to prevent. Data roaming traffic carried by the substantial majority of roaming partners other than AT&T is generally offered at rates that do not require throttling or capping." T-Mobile asked the FCC to act quickly, as some of its "most critical roaming agreements" are set to expire at the end of the year. T-Mobile was given a generous roaming agreement from AT&T in the wake of the larger carrier's failed attempt to purchase T-Mobile, but the exact scale of that agreement is unknown. The FCC mandated in 2011 that carriers allow competing devices to roam on their data networks at fair prices.

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B-Sides

Jun 23, 2014, 8:45 AM

They want their cake and eat it too!

T-Mobile will bash their competitors every chance they get then go and cry to the FCC when they don't get their way???

Hey T-Mobile, It's called "Business" and right now you have "no business" telling your competitors what they can or can not charge to use THEIR network!!!
We will see how much involvement they want from the FCC after the FCC squashes the Tmobile Sprint merger.

I would like to point out though that this "Business" Is federally regulated. It is so regulated they have to get the government's approval fo...
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Zpike

Jun 20, 2014, 2:10 PM

test drive

I wonder what test driving the T-Mobile network will be like when these agreements with ATT expire. That should be quite telling in regards to all the hype T-Mobile is trying to create.
Good point!

Their network is only as good as their roaming agreements! I just wonder if AT&T is going to decline their business when their agreement expires with them?
This could and probably will backfire on T-Mobile. If the government steps in ...
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Airb330

Jun 20, 2014, 1:31 PM

Allow a more generous roaming option and charge $

"T-Mobile was given a generous roaming agreement from AT&T in the wake of the larger carrier's failed attempt to purchase T-Mobile, but the exact scale of that agreement is unknown."

They barely allow roaming with a sweetheart deal.
 
 
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