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Carrier Catch-Up: A Look At The Latest Buzz From The Telecom Industry

Gina Narcisi

Carriers Reportedly Under Investigation For Alleged Collusion

AT&T and Verizon allegedly came under fire in April when reports surfaced that said the Justice Department was opening an antitrust investigation into the potential coordination by AT&T, Verizon and the G.S.M.A, a mobile industry standards-setting organization, that looked at whether the three groups tried to block consumers from easily switching wireless carriers.

The three groups allegedly may have worked together by impeding eSIM technology, which lets customers remotely switch wireless providers without a SIM card. According to those familiar with the matter, AT&T and Verizon are alleged to have worked with the G.S.M.A. to create standards that would let carriers lock a mobile device to their network. Bloomberg reported that Apple was one of the companies that filed a complaint with the Justice Department.

 
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