Cell Phone News – AT&T, Verizon Detail Roaming Plans for FCC to Avoid Mandate

AT&T and Verizon Wireless have both presented evidence to the Federal Communications Commission in an attempt to curtail a government-regulated roaming mandate. Both companies argued that they have multiple roaming agreements with various partners. AT&T said it has more than 40 2.5G roaming agreements. Verizon said it has 65 roaming agreements, with more still under discussion. The Rural Cellular Association and the Rural Telecommunications Group, however, disagree and say that both companies refuse to offer roaming agreements unless they can fill in a coverage gap on their own maps. The groups said in a filing with the FCC, “If AT&T or Verizon do not have 3G holes to fill, they do not want a carrier to have the benefit of roaming on their respective 3G networks.”

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