FCC takes T-Mobile's side, will clarify data roaming agreement to make it less vague
When T-Mobile filed its petition with the FCC earlier in the year, it suggested four benchmarks that the FCC should use to determine how reasonable a data roaming deal is. T-Mobile's filing with the FCC said that retail rates, international roaming rates, MVNO/resale rates, and roaming rates charged by other providers should be part of a new data roaming agreement.
In a statement, the FCC agreed with T-Mobile, saying that the data roaming rule was intended to allow a party to complain if the proposed roaming rates offered are higher than the four benchmarks mentioned by the nation's fourth largest carrier. For its part, T-Mobile praised the FCC's action. "We commend the FCC for taking this important step to promote competition by facilitating reasonable data roaming rates for all carriers and their customers," said Andy Levin, T-Mobile's senior vice president of government affairs. T-Mobile found support for its position from smaller carriers, the Competitive Carriers Association and Sprint.
source: FCC (pdf) via FierceWireless