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FCC Says Data Roaming Rules On the Table

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Mar 25, 2011, 8:50 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Responding to the inquiries of U.S. senators, the Federal Communications Commission has decided that it needs to enact rules governing how carriers negotiate data roaming. In a statement, FCC chair Julius Genachowski said, "After an extensive review of the record, the FCC staffhas concluded — and I agree — that a data roaming rule is necessary to ensure vibrant competition in the mobile marketplace, to unleash billions of dollars of investment that is currently sidelined, to create thousands of new jobs and to meet the consumer demand for seamless nationwide coverage, be it for voice or data. The record contains abundant evidence from both national and rural businesses that a data roaming rule is necessary to achieve these important goals because some providers have been unwilling to negotiate either 30 or 40 data roaming agreements or have created long delays or taken other steps to impede healthy competition and roaming for consumers. Moreover, as the mobile world moves to LTE, the Commission's basic bipartisan voice roaming rules will be in jeopardy, as they will no longer ensure automatic voice roaming. Based on these factors, today I am circulating to my colleagues a draft order for consideration that requires a facilities-based provider of commercial mobile data services to offer roaming arrangements to other such providers on commercially reasonable terms and conditions, subject to various limitations designed to account for and protect the legitimate interests of the companies that would be providing roaming." In theory, if the FCC does pass legislation requiring that roaming agreements for mobile data be set, it should benefit the American public.


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Mar 25, 2011, 11:51 AM

I Knew This Would Happen.

This really is not fair. It encourages companies to just sit on spectrum and not develop it. Here comes Cellular South's "Nationwide" Data Network.
although i agree with you, it kinda helps both att and verizon because they can leech off their networks when they both go full on lte and customers could never complain about coverage again...unless it have that totally wrong and misread that.
Azeron said:
This really is not fair. It encourages companies to just sit on spectrum and not develop it. Here comes Cellular South's "Nationwide" Data Network.

If the AT&T-T-Mobile merger were to be consummated, ...
Take a look at the history, Az.

Did mandatory voice roaming stop the littel guys from building out their networks? No- it just allowed them to do it on a more reasonable, less risky timeframe.

Did mandatory land-line wholesaling from the Teleco...
T Bone

Mar 25, 2011, 2:24 PM

What possible reason is there...

What possible reason is there for carriers to allow data roaming on their networks? All it does is drag down networks and harm everyone's coverage....and it encourages small carriers to not develop their networks and instead leach off of the big networks.

The FCC once again wants to mandate policies which are quite simply bad business.....unless the goal is to make companies go bankrupt this makes no sense.

I think there needs to be a rule, no one can serve on the FCC unless they can demonstrate that they understand how the telecommunications business actually works.

Having the rules being written by a bunch of ignorant buffoons who have no idea how the business even works benefits absolutely no one.

This is like, if Major League...
I definitely see your point here. At this time I agree they shouldn't have to allow data roaming. However once VoLTE becomes the technology of choice then a roaming agreement would need to include data service as data and voice would be essentially th...
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