DC Circ. Denies Verizon's Appeal Of FCC Data-Roaming Rule

Law360, New York (December 4, 2012, 3:38 PM EST) -- The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday shot down Verizon Communications Inc.'s challenge to a Federal Communications Commission rule requiring mobile Internet providers to negotiate roaming agreements with rivals, finding the FCC had not gone beyond its authority to adopt the regulation.

A unanimous three-judge appeals panel upheld the 2011 FCC rule forcing mobile Web providers, such as Verizon, to offer data-roaming deals to competitors on "commercially reasonable" terms, disagreeing with the wireless company's arguments that the commission overstepped its statutory authority, according to the opinion.

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