U.S. Senators Ask FCC To Investigate Legality Of Exclusivity Deals Between Handset Makers And Carriers
A group of U.S. Senators are asking the FCC to examine the exclusivity deals between wireless service providers and handset makers that allow a carrier to be the only provider for a specific handset over a period of time, such as the arrangement between Apple and AT&T for the iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S. The decision was the result of a request sent by a group of rural operators asking to have the FCC look in to the matter.
The letter to the Federal Communications Committee requesting the examinations was signed by four members of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet: senators John Kerry (D), Roger Wicker (R), Byron Dorgan (D), and Amy Kobuchar (D).
If it is decided that such exclusivity agreements are unfair to customers or stifle innovation or competition in the industry, they may break their arrangements.