A US federal appeals court has unanimously upheld a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that required wireless carriers to offer roaming data service at "reasonable" rates, rejecting a challenge by leading mobile telco Verizon Wireless. The FCC has long required carriers to offer roaming for voice calls, which allows …
"Verizon may choose not to provide mobile-Internet service,"
Don't like the rules, don't play the game. He could have gone a step further by being explicit and say .gov would be happy to reallocate Verizon's current spectrum licenses to those who would like to play.
Yet another example of BigCorp arrogance.
Being required to obey the law is "unwarranted government interference". The "big two" better remember the concepts "anti-trust violation" and "abuse of market position" because if they do not someone is sooner or later going to remind them. Happily the appeals court judgement was without dissent - it is highly unlikely that the Supremes would overturn it without Verizon having a very good case for arguing that the court had unanimously misinterpreted the law.
Go appeals court!
The sooner the telecoms market becomes commoditized the better!
Good for the FCC
The FCC has done well in forcing this. Lack of decent roaming arrangements will force people otherwise interested in smaller carriers onto the two big players, and so Verizon and AT&T attempt to bounce this back was nothing less than trying to gain a duoply.
The related question is, why don't we have proper domestic roaming over here yet?
why don't we have proper domestic roaming over here yet?
Do the terms "QUANGO" and "Contributions" have anything to do with it?
Which mobile operators boards do ex OFFTEL members sit on?
For those with short term memory loss, it's worth remembering that Verizon is a company made up from MCI and Worldcom - two companies that basically met the test of "continuing criminal enterprises" a few years back and were fined over a billion dollars with Bernard Ebbers (Worldcom director) getting 25 years in jail. Remember, corporations are people too...
And we wonder why Verizon acts the way it does?
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