Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to require wireless data roaming deals between competitors.
The Order to require facilities-based providers of commercial mobile data services to offer data roaming arrangements to other providers “on commercially reasonable terms and conditions” passed by a 3-2 vote on party lines, with Democratic commissioners and FCC Chairman Genachowski voting for, and the two Republican members voting against.
Disputes are expected to be resolved by filing a petition for declaratory ruling with the FCC.
According to the FCC press release, the order was issued under its authority under Title III of the Communications Act, providing the FCC with authority to manage spectrum and establish and modify license and spectrum usage conditions in the public interest.
One might wonder what the FCC might be able to do for SIP peering if it found it in the “best interests of the public” to rule on the issue.