Originally published: July 26, 2009
Last updated: July 26, 2009 - 7:38pm
Verizon Wireless, the largest US wireless provider, is hoping to placate policy makers who are seeking more regulation for cell phone and mobile Internet companies. "The world has changed. Washington has changed," said Verizon Wireless spokesman Jeffrey Nelson. "It's imperative that we negotiate with legislators in a way that recognizes they're in new roles." Verizon's overtures come in the wake of questions from lawmakers and regulators about whether there is room for smaller competitors in the wireless market. Verizon also is addressing new government players overseeing its actions. Verizon's letter on roaming agreements was addressed to the new chairman of the powerful House Commerce Committee, Rep Henry Waxman (D-CA) after Verizon officials held a series of meetings with Waxman's staff. Chairman Waxman believes any carrier that accepts federal funds should be required to provide roaming services to other companies on a just and reasonable basis. Verizon's offer to provide roaming agreements to competitors for two years is a significant departure from earlier stances in which the carrier said it shouldn't be required to offer roaming to competitors in areas where they have their own spectrum. Verizon's statements also are being watched by the Federal Communications Commission, the main cop on the beat for the wireless industry. The FCC is still in its formative stages under President Barack Obama. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski took the helm only a month ago, and two other FCC commissioner nominees are still waiting for Senate confirmation. But Verizon's efforts are getting a few yawns from competitors and consumer advocates.
- Court rejects Verizon's challenge to FCC's data roaming regulations
- Few Snags Expected for Verizon Wireless, Alltel
- Verizon Wireless to Divest Markets for Alltel Merger
- Verizon Slams FCC Data Roaming Proposal
- FCC meeting delayed; Verizon, Sprint deals mulled
- FCC Spent $150,000 Evaluating One Verizon Pricing Bid
- Verizon Wireless First To Adopt Open-Network Policy
- Harmless Collaboration or a Threat to Competition and Consumers?
- Smaller Wireless Firms Urge FCC To Act On Roaming Proposal
- Verizon-SpectrumCo: How Do Ya Like Me Now?
- Making Data Roam
- Verizon Pricing Petition Gets Second Chance
- Wireless Carriers Call On FCC To Act On Data Roaming Mandate
- The Facebook and More