Rural Cell Association Fights Exclusive Deals
A consortium of wireless phone companies in the rural United States are seeking to persuade the federal government to disallow exclusive cell phone carriage agreements such as the one between AT&T and Apple’s iPhone, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week.
The Rural Cellular Association, which represents about 80 regional wireless companies, has filed a petition with the FCC to look into the issue of whether such exclusive deals should be allowed. Citizens of some states, such as Vermont, are unable to get non-roaming AT&T service, which means they are pretty much cut off from the iPhone.
The Republican-controlled FCC, the Journal said, has shown little enthusiasm for such a change, but that could change should the Democrats recapture the White House in November; several Democratic members of Congress have expressed interest in the issue.