Table of Contents - April 20, 2018

Report: DoJ Opens Antitrust Probe of Verizon, AT&T

The Department of Justice has opened an antitrust probe of Verizon Communications, Inc., and AT&T, Inc., into whether they coordinated with an industry group to make it more difficult for consumers to easily switch wireless providers, the "New York Times" reported today.

The story, which cited unnamed sources, said that DoJ in February asked Verizon and AT&T, the largest U.S. wireless carriers, and GSMA for information as part of the collusion probe. At issue is whether they tried to make it more difficult to use eSIM technology, which allows consumers to switch wireless carriers without inserting a new SIM card into their devices, according to the report. It said DoJ is looking into whether they colluded with GSMA on the development of standards to allow devices to be locked on their networks even when they are equipped with eSIM technology.

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