AT&T, Verizon Whining About Data Roaming AgainBy danseitz
We love FCC rulings around here, because everybody involved gets to weigh in, and you get to see big companies whine like Eric Cartman when a ruling doesn’t go their way. In this case, the FCC told AT&T and Verizon to STFU and GTFO over data roaming: the FCC has ruled that they have to let smaller carriers use their infrastructure under “commercially reasonable terms”. In other words, consumers, especially in rural areas, get more choice.
“(this) is a defeat for both consumers and the innovation fostered by true competition” and “a new level of unwarranted government intervention in the wireless marketplace,” – Tom Tauke, Verizon executive vice president of public affairs, policy and communications
Soooo…true competition is where you have lots more money and power than the other guy?
“A data-roaming mandate is unwarranted and will discourage investment. Proponents of a roaming mandate were seeking government intervention, not to obtain agreements — which are plentiful — but rather to regulate rates downward.” – Robert Quinn, AT&T chief privacy officer.
MOM I DON’T WANNA GIVE FAIR RATES TO OTHER PEOPLE! MOOOOOOOOM!
Aren’t they just precious, folks? Even better were the claims that it has no authority over this kind of traffic. You know, because the FTC would totally issue a different ruling.