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AT&T complains that Sprint stopped servicing some areas to piggyback on roaming agreements

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AT&T complains that Sprint stopped servicing some areas to piggyback on roaming agreements
The FCC recently abolished its so-called Home Market Rule, which prevented carriers from establishing roaming agreements in markets where they own spectrum, as well as the requirement for carriers to offer data roaming in addition to voice.

The troubled Sprint immediately took advantage of those changes and effectively unwound coverage in Oklahoma and Kansas, leaving the areas serviced by its roaming agreements with competing carriers like AT&T.

Although the rules were meant for facilitating access of rural carriers to coverage, and not large ones with their own spectrum in the area, Sprint still went ahead with what AT&T calls "massive disinvestment" plans, which will undoubtedly allow it to save a few dollars.

AT&T's Bob Quinn commented "Sprint can now use other folks' networks rather than pony up its own investment dollars. Nice work if you can get it", to which Sprint had a wordy reply:


The "disappointing, but not surprising" jab is precious, but AT&T hopes to get the new FCC rulebook overturned later this year by the Washington DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

source: AT&T via TheVerge & KansasCityBusinessJournal

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