A U.S. appeals court has upheld a 2011 FCC ruling that requires major carriers such as Verizon...

|About: Verizon Communications (VZ)|By:, SA News Editor

A U.S. appeals court has upheld a 2011 FCC ruling that requires major carriers such as Verizon Wireless (VZ) and AT&T (T) to strike mobile data roaming deals with smaller rivals on "commercially reasonable terms." In theory at least, this should make it easier for smaller carriers such as U.S. Cellular (USM), Leap Wireless (LEAP), and NTELOS (NTLS) to offer nationwide data services. However, the fact 4G phones rely on a smorgasbord of frequency bands could cause some problems.