FCC Says Data Roaming Rules On the Table
Responding to the inquiries of U.S. senators, the Federal Communications Commission has decided that it needs to enact rules governing how carriers negotiate data roaming. In a statement, FCC chair Julius Genachowski said, "After an extensive review of the record, the FCC staffhas concluded — and I agree — that a data roaming rule is necessary to ensure vibrant competition in the mobile marketplace, to unleash billions of dollars of investment that is currently sidelined, to create thousands of new jobs and to meet the consumer demand for seamless nationwide coverage, be it for voice or data. The record contains abundant evidence from both national and rural businesses that a data roaming rule is necessary to achieve these important goals because some providers have been unwilling to negotiate either 30 or 40 data roaming agreements or have created long delays or taken other steps to impede healthy competition and roaming for consumers. Moreover, as the mobile world moves to LTE, the Commission's basic bipartisan voice roaming rules will be in jeopardy, as they will no longer ensure automatic voice roaming. Based on these factors, today I am circulating to my colleagues a draft order for consideration that requires a facilities-based provider of commercial mobile data services to offer roaming arrangements to other such providers on commercially reasonable terms and conditions, subject to various limitations designed to account for and protect the legitimate interests of the companies that would be providing roaming." In theory, if the FCC does pass legislation requiring that roaming agreements for mobile data be set, it should benefit the American public.
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.
T-Mobile's Free Data Roaming Reaches More Countries
T-Mobile today expanded the availability of its Simple Global data roaming feature to a total of 145 countries. T-Mobile says postpaid customers can now use their T-Mobile handsets across all of Europe and all of South America, in addition to numerous other countries such as the Bahamas, without incurring data roaming charges.
Google Maps Gains New Offline/Roaming Powers
Google today launched two new features for Google Maps for Android: a Wi-Fi Only mode, and the option to store offline map data on removable memory cards. Together, the two features are especially useful for those traveling overseas, where data roaming is expensive.
Verizon's 'TravelPass' Offers Roaming for $10 Per Day
Verizon Wireless is prepared to offer customers a new international roaming package called TravelPass. Verizon customers will be able to access their existing talk, text, and data buckets when roaming in 65 different countries for $10 per 24-hour period.
I Knew This Would Happen.
This really is not fair. It encourages companies to just sit on spectrum and not develop it. Here comes Cellular South's "Nationwide" Data Network.
If the AT&T-T-Mobile merger were to be consummated, ...
Did mandatory voice roaming stop the littel guys from building out their networks? No- it just allowed them to do it on a more reasonable, less risky timeframe.
Did mandatory land-line wholesaling from the Teleco...
What possible reason is there...
The FCC once again wants to mandate policies which are quite simply bad business.....unless the goal is to make companies go bankrupt this makes no sense.
I think there needs to be a rule, no one can serve on the FCC unless they can demonstrate that they understand how the telecommunications business actually works.
Having the rules being written by a bunch of ignorant buffoons who have no idea how the business even works benefits absolutely no one.
This is like, if Major League...