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FCC confirms vote on data roaming, cell boosters April 7

updated 01:15 pm EDT, Fri March 18, 2011

FCC to vote on data roaming and boosters

The FCC late Thursday published an agenda for its April 7 meeting that confirmed plans to vote on data roaming. The agency will decide whether it should require cellular carriers and other mobile data providers to allow roaming on "commercially reasonable" terms within certain limits. A second core decision would determine whether or not to allow cell signal boosters.

Other topics would include an order to streamline cellular and landline upgrades on utility poles and determining whether current standards are enough to guarantee reliable data and voice.

An order requiring affordable data roaming could improve the competitiveness of smaller carriers but has also raised slippery slope arguments over FCC control. Sprint, T-Mobile and many regional carriers have argued that AT&T and Verizon often don't want to make deals or want to do so at high prices. AT&T and Verizon, meanwhile, have argued they already have deals and have raised the specter of roaming being used as a pretext for forcing "common carrier" rules on data and going beyond net neutrality rules.

Anonymously, either AT&T or Verizon has also argued that their smaller rivals were only pushing for a better deal on roaming through the government rather than fair competition.

Some carriers have also resisted cell boosters. The signal amplifiers allegedly trigger dropped calls or can interfere with geolocation from cell towers or GPS. Supporters, usually cellphone users in fringe areas or from the booster designers themselves, have pointed to successful tests in other countries as proof that they should be safe.



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  1. stainless

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    FCC SUCKS!!!

    The FCC IS NOT LOOKING OUT FOR THE CONSUMER!!!! They are looking out for the deep pockets that support politicians and for themselves! They FCC needs to open up so many frequencies that in Small Town USA there can be 10 local competitors, just like the Internet did in the early 90's. THATS WHAT MADE THE INTERNET IT IS TODAY!!! NOT Big Business. If I was to build a tower that allow for Cellular in my small town the FBI, CIA, FCC, State and Local Police would have me so locked up I wasn't be able to squeeze a lemon seed through be butt! Yet, all I would really doing is being competitive to ATT, Verizon, TMobile and Sprint... Heaven for bid competition to those four... RUN FOR YOUR LIFE is competition!!! F the FCC and start building mini-networks that interfere with the big four. Connect it to your car, so that you are on the move and causing havoc for the FCC and the only four competitors. Imagine a world where there was only WalMart, Target, KMart and Cost Co... you think, gee that's all there is now. And I reply with, "Ah, Ace Hardware, Bealls, Albertson, Walgreens, Lowes, Home Depot, IGA, Whole foods, Local Mom and Pop, etc., etc. etc. etc. etc. etc." Now imagine the Government moving in to closing down all but the top four, where would our economy be then!!! With competition, we employ more people, drive prices down, create more real estate sales, create more more more. BUT WHAT DOES THE FCC DO!!???? GET IN THE F'ING WAY!!!

    The FCC needs to say, here are the standards and ANYONE can create a company along as they are within these standards, just like they did for Radio! I want ten mobile companies competing for my business, just like I had ten internet providers competing for my dial-up service!

    Complain to your City, Local, County, State representatives about the FCC interfering with competition.

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: Jan 2007

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    I can agree to

    disagree with your assessment.

    I'm pretty sure I know where you're coming from though. No really.

  1. testudo

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    Re: FCC Sucks

    They FCC needs to open up so many frequencies that in Small Town USA there can be 10 local competitors, just like the Internet did in the early 90's.

    Except there isn't that many frequencies to open up. But why quibble, right. And they did open them up. For bid at one of their auctions. Which the FCC was ordered to do by Congress, so they could make some money.

    THATS WHAT MADE THE INTERNET IT IS TODAY!!! NOT Big Business.

    Um, no, it was big business that made the internet what it is today. For it is big business who are footing the bill for those large backbones that carries all your traffic.

    The only way the internet opened up to all those competitors in small towns was because they worked over the phone lines. Once dial-up went the way of the dodo, you'll notice that most internet connectivity is done through the large provider. You don't get 10 competitors in your small town anymore.

    If I was to build a tower that allow for Cellular in my small town the FBI, CIA, FCC, State and Local Police would have me so locked up I wasn't be able to squeeze a lemon seed through be butt!

    No they wouldn't. The state and local police have no jurisdiction. The local gov't can possibly send you to jail if you violated zoning by erecting your tower (or did it without proper permits), but it usually ends up in fines and probably removal of the tower. State police have nothing to say, unless you built the tower on state land.

    The CIA has no jurisdiction inside the United States to arrest you. The FCC has no arrest powers.

    The FBI, on the other hand, would arrest you for violating the regulations of airwave use. Depending on how strong your signal was and what it was interfering with. The airwaves are owned by the federal gov't and controlled by the FCC. Except for spectrums they allow for free use, you're not allowed to interfere or broadcast on any other frequency.

    Yet, all I would really doing is being competitive to ATT, Verizon, TMobile and Sprint... Heaven for bid competition to those four... RUN FOR YOUR LIFE is competition!!! F the FCC and start building mini-networks that interfere with the big four. Connect it to your car, so that you are on the move and causing havoc for the FCC and the only four competitors.

    If you want to run your own, buy some spectrum. But don't be whining about wanting it for free, when Congress has told the FCC they have to sell it. Like MetroPCS has done.

    And how would you like it if your cell business was brought down by Verizon and ATT using your frequencies and blocking your customer's calls.

    The FCC needs to say, here are the standards and ANYONE can create a company along as they are within these standards, just like they did for Radio! I want ten mobile companies competing for my business, just like I had ten internet providers competing for my dial-up service!

    And the politicians and the large businessmen will tell you that's anti-competitive, anti-free market behavior.

    BTW, the FCC did give you 10 dial-up competitors. But it was back in the late 60's, when they ruled that the phone company must allow any device on their network, as long as it passed tests that it didn't harm their network. But it wasn't like they passed anything in the 90s that allowed all that competition.

    Complain to your City, Local, County, State representatives about the FCC interfering with competition.

    Um, as I said, the FCC is doing what they're told to do by your representatives. So perhaps you should contact your representatives into pushing for laws into opening up more of the airwaves.

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