The letter, which is signed by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), expresses concern that handset exclusivity arrangements may be anticompetitive and reducing consumer choice in the marketplace.
The letter identifies five major issues the senators want the FCC to examine:
Since the iPhone’s introduction in 2007, several handset makers have tried to emulate the popularity of Apple’s device by offering exclusivity deals of their own. Two recent examples include the Palm Pre, currently on Sprint’s Now Network, and T-Mobile’s G1, the first Android-powered handset.
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