Further evidence broadband is blurring the lines between telcos, wireless carriers and cable operators was evident in cable's reaction to FCC rulings requiring Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T (NYSE: T) (telcos with wireless components) to enter mobile data roaming agreements with smaller service providers.
Since roaming is a "critical element" of competing effectively in the wireless space, "sensible data roaming policies will catalyze further investment in mobile broadband networks," said David Cohen, a Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) executive vice president. They will also "give consumers more choice and flexibility in wireless services," added NCTA Executive Vice President James Assey. Interesting reactions from an industry where only one major MSO-Cox Communications-has made an aggressive move into the mobile wireless space.
The new rules don't set prices for roaming agreements but do set up arbitration if two carriers can't come to an agreement.
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