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.
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.
T-Mobile Leasing Spectrum In Effort to Expand LTE Coverage
T-Mobile recently confirmed that it has leased some spectrum licenses to other carriers in order to help expand its LTE 4G coverage. "We're always exploring opportunities to enhance America's fastest 4G LTE network," said T-Mobile in a statement provided to FierceWireless.
FCC to Fix Auction Bidding Rules for Designated Entities
The FCC is moving forward with plans to alter how companies use designated entities in spectrum auctions and qualify for discounts. The existing rules have been under fire since the close of the AWS-3 spectrum auction wherein Dish Networks won $13 billion in spectrum by bidding through smaller entities.