FCC forces data roaming on US wireless giants
Eat that plan
The US Federal Communications Commission has approved roles that would let smartphone users affordably access the internet using their rival provider's network.
A vote along by party lines by the Federal Communications Commission has gone in favor of forcing US carriers to offer data access at "reasonable" roaming rates, according to reports.
Mobile roaming for voice services has already been mandated by the regulator.
The new proposal had been favored by smaller US carrier Spring Nextel and MetroPCS Communications.
Verizon and AT&T, the nation's largest carriers, have little incentive to offer affordable data roaming given their market domination.
Moreover, the proposed merger of AT&T and the US's fourth largest carrier, T-Mobile USA, would consolidate that company's hold on market as it leapfrogged Verizon meaning even less incentive to provide affordable roaming.
FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said Thursday that evidence shows carriers like AT&T and Verizon had have failed to deliver roaming data plans on "commercially reasonable terms."
Mobile providers must be able to offer nationwide voice and data plans to have any chance of competing in today's market, Genachowski said. ®
And hospitals should not be forced to take people with out health insurances. People that Visit the UK should not be able to call the police when they need help, because they don't pay taxes.
What's with republicans view that the world should be deregulated at all cost and then bail the industry out when the do some thing stupid and then blame the democrats.
David define for me what you think socialism is and why it is bad.
Paris is now taking reservations?
No, not really. Not even a little bit.
It's much more like requiring a bank to allow ATM cards from other banks withdraw funds (and they even get to charge a fee.) And we all know how much that practice has ruined the banking industry.
Besides if forcing companies to cooperate like this makes us socialist then we're *already* socialist given that voice roaming rules have been on the books for quite some time now.