By Sara Jerome - 03/25/11 02:25 PM EDT
Opponents of AT&T's merger with T-Mobile are already airing their grievances at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The Rural Cellular Association (RCA) made the proposed merger a key part of its argument for automatic data roaming during a Wednesday meeting at the agency.
"Recent market consolidation has reduced the number of potential roaming partners for rural and regional carriers. The proposed AT&T and T-Mobile merger will result in dramatic market consolidation, underscoring the immediate need for data roaming," the RCA filing said.
The FCC is tentatively slated to vote on a data roaming proposal at its April meeting, but it is unclear if it will go far enough to satisfy data roaming advocates.
The meeting was between RCA and the staff of Republican Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker.