News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday December 04, 2012.
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Verizon Wireless has lost its appeal to a U.S. court that sought to overturn an FCC ruling that requires the carrier to offer mobile data roaming to customers of competing carriers. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a 2011 FCC rule that says carriers must allow competitors' customers to roam on their network on "commercially reasonable" terms. Verizon claimed that this rule was an unfair government seizure and that the FCC did not have the authority to issue it, but the court shot down both claims.
Reuters reports that Judge David Tatel said in his ruling that if Verizon is displeased with the rule, it can "choose not to provide mobile-Internet service." Not providing data services is an infeasible plan that would doom the company, so Verizon obviously will not pursue that action. The judge's comments were made to reflect that the rule is legal and a necessity for Verizon continuing to operate as a wireless service provider.source: Reuters
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