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CU statement on new FCC data roaming rules

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Consumers Union Statement on New FCC Data Roaming Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, today applauded the FCC’s approval of data roaming rules that would allow wireless consumers to access the Internet in areas across the country not covered by their wireless carrier.
Parul P. Desai, policy counsel for Consumers Union, said, “We are happy to see the FCC move forward on this important issue for consumers, who should be able to easily use their mobile data services, regardless of their carrier of choice. The new rules will make it easier for more wireless companies to compete with large national providers, which we hope will provide consumers with more choice and lower priced plans. The news of AT&T’s attempt to purchase T-mobile makes it even more important for the FCC to continue to make sure that consumers have affordable choices in the marketplace. This data roaming rule will help in that effort and we will work with the FCC to work on other important competitive issues such as interoperability, special access and spectrum policy.”

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