FCC Hoping to Toss Verizon's Data Roaming Challenge
Top message: Possibly by dlmjr
Replying to: Re: Possibly by furyx639
I completely agree with your statement. My point was mostly to the fact that, at this point, the regulation they're trying to enforce doesn't seem too unreasonable.
I do think, however, that there must be some regulation of the FCC as well to ensure roaming agreements aren't unfairly benefiting any particular company as dlmjr pointed out.
Whatever ends up happening should be beneficial not only to the consumers, but to the carriers on both ends of the roaming agreements.
No company should be allowed to hoard spectrum all for themselves in one area while customers suffer. Customers should be allowed a choice between two or more companies where they live/work, and a lot of times this isn't the case. There are many places where one company generally dominates the area, and that makes it the only choice for service.
A lot of times it is an economic decision for the carrier.
Do I acquire this amount of spectrum, and erect towers in this area at a specific cost, and what will the company get in return for the investment.
There is a place about 60 miles S of me, where there is no service from any carrier. A farmer has erected a large sign in his field that says...."this would be a great place for a cell tower"...
It's amusing, but what carrier is going to spend the money for the construction and ongoing lease to make sure that an occasional customer driving through the area has continuous service.