OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – April 7, 2011 – This morning, the Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of an item that requires providers of commercial mobile data services to offer roaming on commercially reasonable rates, terms and conditions and which will ensure that consumers have access to data services regardless of where they travel.
In response, Vonya B. McCann, senior vice president of Government Affairs for Sprint (NYSE:S), issued the following statement:
“Sprint applauds the FCC’s order which will ensure that consumers traveling in the U.S. have seamless access to their e-mail and the Internet and is critical to the preservation of a competitive wireless industry.
“Reasonable access to data roaming services is essential to the expansion of mobile broadband service, will promote investment in new network deployment, and, in turn, spur jobs and economic growth.
“The FCC must be congratulated for taking this action despite the opposition of the two largest U.S. wireless carriers who have lobbied against this pro-consumer, pro-competitive item. With AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile and the corresponding threat it poses to continued wireless competition, it is absolutely critical that the FCC take steps to promote competition and level the playing field.
“Sprint congratulates Chairman Genachowski and the rest of the FCC for taking this important step on behalf of consumers, competition, and the country.”
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