FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 7, Pages 4843 to 5761, March 28-April 08, 2011

Federal Communications Commission

Before the
Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
In the Matter of )
Reexamination of Roaming Obligations of ) WT Docket No. 05-265
Commercial Mobile Radio Service Providers and )
Other Providers of Mobile Data Services )
SECOND REPORT AND ORDER
Adopted: April 7, 2011 Released: April 7, 2011
By the Commission: Chairman Genachowski and Commissioners Copps and Clyburn issuing separate
statements; Commissioners McDowell and Baker dissenting and issuing separate statements.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Heading Paragraph #
I. INTRODUCTION ..................................... ... . ................. .............................. ...... 1
II. BACKGROUND....................... ..................... ................ ........................................... 3
III. D ISC U SSIO N .............................. .................................... .............................................................. 8
A. The Public Interest in a Data Roaming Rule........................................................................ 9
B. Scope and Requirements of the Data Roaming Rule ............................................................... 37
C. Legal Authority ............................................................................... 57
D. D ispute Resolution ................................................ ....................................................... . . 71
E. O ther Issues.......................... . ........ .. ..................................................................... 88
IV. PROCEDURAL MATTERS........................ ... ..................... ................................ 90
A. Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis ...................................................................................... 90
B. Paperwork Reduction Analysis .................................................................................................. 91
C. Congressional Review Act......................................................... .............................................. 93
V. ORDERING CLAUSES ............................................................... .................................................. 94
APPENDICES
Appendix A - Final Rules
Appendix B - List of Commenters and Reply Commenters
Appendix C - Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
1. INTRODUCTION
1. In this Order, we promote consumer access to nationwide mobile broadband service by
adopting a rule that requires facilities-based providers of commercial mobile data services to offer data
roaming arrangements to other such providers on commercially reasonable terms and conditions, subject
to certain limitations. Widespread availability of data roaming capability will allow consumers with
mobile data plans to remain connected when they travel outside their own provider's network coverage
areas by using another provider's network, and thus promote connectivity for and nationwide access to
mobile data services such as e-mail and wireless broadband Internet access. The rule we adopt today also
serves the public interest by promoting investment in and deployment of mobile broadband networks,
consistent with the recommendations of the National Broadband Plan. The deployment of mobile data

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