The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., unanimously upheld Federal Communications Commission rules adopted last year that requires larger phone companies, such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless, to strike roaming deals with smaller operators on their wireless data networks.
Verizon Communications had challenged the FCC rule, which was adopted last year. But today, the three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., rejected Verizon’s argument that the FCC had overstepped its authority by adopting such a rule.
The court unanimously found that the FCC was well within its jurisdiction to require operators to offer roaming agreements to competitors on “commercially reasonable” terms. If Verizon is unhappy with the rule, the court said, the company “may choose not to provide mobile-Internet service.”