AT&T and Sprint Tussle About Roaming Rules
AT&T has accused Sprint of taking advantage of changes to the Home Market Rule to avoid building out its network in markets where it owns spectrum and instead roam on the networks of its competitors. The Home Market Rule was put in place to enable rural carriers to compete on a more level playing field. The rule says, as explained by AT&T, "If a carrier owned spectrum, it was good public policy to require them to build out that spectrum and therefore they should not be able to demand roaming from other carriers in those home markets." The FCC abolished the rule in 2010. Sprint recently announced that it will rely on roaming agreements to cover large portions of Kansas and Oklahoma rather than invest money building its own network in those regions, even though it owns spectrum there. Sprint responded to AT&T, claiming that its Network Vision program has doubled the amount of investment it is making in its network. In an email, Sprint spokesperson John Taylor said, "It's disappointing, but not surprising, that AT&T wants to challenge a consumer's right to access email, the Internet and other mobile broadband services wherever they may travel in the U.S. Along with Verizon Wireless, AT&T is the only other wireless carrier in America which opposes the FCC's pro-consumer data roaming decision from last year." The rules are going to be reviewed by the Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals later this year.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Sprint Signs 15 More Rural Carriers to LTE Initiative
Sprint today announced it has forged LTE 4G roaming agreements with 15 more rural network operators. Today's additions boost the number of carriers participating in Sprint's Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program to 27.
Sprint Partners Making Headway in Rural LTE Push
Sprint says 16 of the 30 companies who've agreed to participate in its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program have launched their LTE networks. The Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program is similar to Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America initiative.
what's good for the goose.....
Why anyone would think it could possibly apply to unused spectrum is beyond me.
Property does not have to be 'unsued' to be aqcuired by a government entity.
Let's be honest here...
The objection is to being forced into them, especailly when the carrier trying to force it (Sprint) has the spectrum to build but won't.
Isn't it interesting how the usual Sprint cheerleaders....
How many double negatives are in that sentence? And it's usually this **** starters with no actual grasp on reality(like yourse...
the AT&T accusations are distorted and hypocritical
http://s4gru.spruz.com/pt/ATTs-charges-of-Sprints-di ... »
And why is AT&T complaining...
Unless AT&T is talking about RoadRunner or some other joint deployment effort for rural areas.
Sprint didn't stop ATT from acquiring Tmob, the FCC did.
"going after revenge"....
Sprint has made some very bad decisions lately and it's biting them.
The LS deal.
Taking on the iPhone which the will lose mone...
I'm glad you found a scape goat.
As an AT&T customer, I can tell you that I am ...