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Appeals Court Shuts Down Verizon's Roaming Complaint

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Dec 4, 2012, 11:12 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

A U.S. appeals court today rejected Verizon's claims that the Federal Communications Commission did not have the authority to enact a mandatory roaming requirement between competing carriers. In 2011, the FCC ruled that wireless network operators have to allow competitors' customers to roam onto their data networks at fair rates. Verizon challenged the ruling, believing the FCC was overreaching its purview. The court sided with the FCC, stating that it does have such authority, and that the mandate does not amount to "unfair government seizure" as Verizon complained.

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Dec 4, 2012, 11:42 AM


I understand that talk and texts have to be allowed to roam for emergencies purposes. So how are the roaming agreements mandated? Is it just saying that if Company A wants to roam onto Company B for data, then Company B has to give them a reasonable price and not just say no? Or is it saying that Company A has to come to an agreement about how roaming is set up with Company B but the prices can be outrageous?
It's just the FCC making up arbitrary rules just for the hell of it...

Honestly....the FCC is getting out of control and becoming a rogue agency....

The purpose of the FCC is to determine what frequencies radio stations can operate on so as to m...
In the past, the FCC forced carriers to allow voice roaming on their networks at 'reasonable' rates. This did not extend to data roaming...until recently. So now a small fry carrier can sell Nationwide data plans and take advantage of a larger carri...
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