The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will investigate super-high data roaming plans by Verizon and AT&T.
T-Mobile and other companies banded together to fight the ludicrous data roaming charges by the two largest carriers in the U.S., after rates continue to skyrocket.
The rates have become so extortionate, T-Mobile claims AT&T charges 150 percent extra than the average price for data roaming charges, effectively pushing wireless startups out of the market.
In the past ten years, Verizon and AT&T have invested heavily in spectrum across the U.S. This investment has paid off, allowing the U.S. carriers to offer better wireless connections, and also force other providers onto their network through roaming charges.
This happens all across the world, when people travel to a new country they are warned about steep data charges. However, in the past five years carriers have worked (for the most part) to make those charges drop significantly.
However, AT&T and Verizon continue to impose super-high data roaming charges, forcing customers to not use their mobiles in the U.S., unless they want to be hit with an enormous bill.
The FCC will review the findings by T-Mobile and other companies, and will look to take action against the two carriers. New laws may be imposed to stop high data roaming charges in the future.
AT&T and Verizon may also face a hefty fine for overstepping the limit. Data roaming is still a viable business even with new legislation, but the two carriers have made it impossible for startups to work with the providers.