AT&T Accuses Sprint for Utilizing Roaming Rules to Downsize Its Own Network

January 25, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Current news in the communication world is centered around AT&T and Sprint. Recently, AT&T had accused Sprint of reducing their own cellular coverage in several markets.

AT&T points out that Sprint has violated the FCC regulations to downsize its network. According to the reports, Sprint has shut down their networks in Kansas and Oklahoma, where the company was engaged in roaming agreements with AT&T for maintaining the service.

AT&T points out that the relaxation of the two policies by the FCC department has helped Sprint in this matter. FCC has eliminated the Home Market Rule, which obstructs the carriers from signing roaming agreements in areas covered by their own wireless spectrum.

And last year, FCC has implemented a new rule that forces carriers to offer high-speed data roaming, along wit voice. On this matter, Bob Quinn, AT&T’s senior VP commented that now Sprint has the freedom to use other networks rather than spending their own investment.

Meanwhile, Sprint replied that AT&T is trying to challenge the consumer’s right in accessing e-mail, Internet and other mobile broadband services while they are moving in the US. They also revealed that AT&T and Verizon are the only two carriers that are against the FCC’s pro-consumer data roaming decision last year.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is going to decide on this usage of roaming sometime this year.

Denying the widespread network divestment, the company has pointed out that they have doubled the investments in the period of 2010 to 2011as the part of its Network Vision program.

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