Small Carriers Ask FCC to Prod Larger Rivals on Roaming
MetroPCS, U.S. Cellular, and other smaller, regional network operators have asked the Federal Communications Commission to institute a "shot clock" on the time it takes to negotiate data roaming agreements with their larger rivals. The small carriers claim the big carriers are stalling the process, despite FCC regulations that mandate that reasonable roaming rates be offered to the smaller players. The signees argue that a shot clock "would bring potential roaming partners to a point of offer, thereby essentially acting as a commission rule to incent the larger carriers to engage in good faith negotiations in a reasonable time frame." The FCC said it is considering the request.
FCC Agrees to Help Better Define Data Roaming Rates
The FCC today granted T-Mobile's petition that the agency "provide guidance on the application of the commercial reasonableness standard" with respect to data roaming rates. T-Mobile filed the petition earlier this year in order to help it and other carriers negotiate better roaming rates with larger rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
AT&T, Verizon Take Issue with FCC's Data Roaming Rules
AT&T and Verizon Wireless have challenged a ruling made by the FCC in December regarding data roaming rates. The FCC sided with an argument made by T-Mobile about how reasonable roaming rates are calculated.
T-Mobile Opens Up LTE Roaming to CCA Data Hub
T-Mobile today added its network to the Competitive Carriers Association's LTE data roaming hub. The move gives CCA members and their customers access to T-Mobile's LTE 4G network for data roaming purposes.
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.
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.