Senators to Examine Exclusive Carrier Deals
Four US Senators have written to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to urge Commissioner Michael Copps to review the exclusive arrangements between wireless carriers and cell phone manufacturers.
Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, along with Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) penned the letter before a Commerce Committee hearing this week that will focus on current issues facing wireless customers.
Several commercial wireless carriers hold exclusive arrangements with handset manufactures with respect to which devices are available through their networks for consumers. Recent notable examples include the Palm Pre on Sprint and the iPhone on AT&T.
"We ask that you examine this issue carefully and act expeditiously should you find that exclusivity agreements unfairly restrict consumer choice or adversely impact competition in the commercial wireless marketplace," the senators wrote.
The full text of the letter can be read here.