AT&T VP Slams Sprint’s Roaming Only Plan for Select Kansas and Oklahoma Customers
In a case of what seems like sour grapes, AT&T’s Senior Vice President-Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer, Bob Quinn went on a bit of a rant regarding Sprint’s plan to migrate some of Kansas’ and Oklahoma’s customers to roaming only coverage. Quinn stated that “instead of actually investing – and creating jobs – to build out its own network, Sprint wants its customers to roam on other carriers’ networks and investments.”
Quinn faults the FCC’s removal of the Home Market Rule, which prevented carriers from setting up roaming agreements where they already owned their own spectrum. AT&T’s VP concluded his tirade by adding that the current regulation changes are up for review by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals later this year.
Sprint didn’t take Quinn’s attack lying down, earlier today the Now Network released the following statement:
It’s disappointing, but not surprising, that AT&T wants to challenge a consumer’s right to access email, the Internet and other mobile broadband services wherever they may travel in the U.S. Along with Verizon Wireless, AT&T is the only other wireless carrier in America which opposes the FCC’s pro-consumer data roaming decision from last year.
The facts are that Sprint, as part of its Network Vision program, doubled its 2011 capital investment over 2010 to make tens of thousands of capacity upgrades, resulting in a better wireless experience for its customers. With these network investments, Sprint continues to offer consumers a better value than AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.
Something tells us that the war of words between these two is far from over. Feel free to share your thoughts on this hot topic.
Sprint quote via: The Verge
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