New Rules for Mobile Roaming

Ainsley Jones

The Federal Communications Commission, reports, recently voted to require mobile carriers to provide roaming services on a nondiscriminatory basis. The FCC had declined to set roaming rules three times since 1996, but mounting consumer complaints about large carriers charging heavy fees to customers of smaller competitors forced the government agency to react.


The EU recently put into place similar rules on roaming costs. The FCC's new rules will require automatic roaming connections once equipment becomes technologically compatible. While the new rules will largely aid consumers, the mandate should also help the pocketbooks of companies employing mobile workers.

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