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FCC Hoping to Toss Verizon's Data Roaming Challenge

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Top message:  FCC=Cosumer Advocacy by Slammer   Mar 9, 2012, 10:23 AM

Replying to:  Re: FCC=Cosumer Advocacy by JBlaze74   Mar 9, 2012, 1:31 PM

Re: FCC=Cosumer Advocacy

by dlmjr    Mar 9, 2012, 4:37 PM

JBlaze74 said:
I would agree with that, and in the cases of small companies owning spectrum and not showing a track record of bulding out, there should be consequences. At the same time, we cannot allow spectrum hoarders to cause issues in the marketplace (please note, I'm not pointing out an individual company, lol) or eventually, the smaller companies that DO want to build out and maintain their systems will be locked out in the cold. It's a very fine line. i would like to see a balance struck, possibly oversight of the FCC, or a separate appellate body to the FCC to keep the balance. I hate the idea of more government bureacracy, but not sure where the solution lies at this point.

This isn't about spectrum hoarding, which is another subject.
It is about the power of the FCC (self granted) to force a company into roaming agreements that they do not desire.

It's about the FCC forcing ATT, Vz, Sprint, TMob to provide roaming for someone like Blue Wireless so they can advertize 'national' coverage without actually having to be national.
They have native footprint in some large metro areas. So essentially, they acquired spectrum and towers in very dense lucrative markets only, but because of roaming can advertize 'national coverage' without investment in any areas except those lucrative markets.
In the mean time, every customer they suck off of one of the big 4 (that are providing 'national' service for them) means the customer base goes down and the cost per customer goes up, cause they still have to maintain that equipment that the roamer is using.

I'm not saying that has happened with Blue Wireless, just grabbed them as an example.

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