The FCC vote is in, and by a 3-2 majority has mandated data roaming in favor of smaller, regional carriers. Much like larger carriers like AT&T and Verizon are required to open up their network infrastructure to voice and text roaming, the same is now required for data. Those attempting to surf the web, check email, and whatnot outside of their network now get data access courtesy of the major carriers. At the threat of slowing expansion into smaller markets, the two largest carriers in the US aren’t too happy about the decision. The FCC has defended the mandate, citing the ability for AT&T and Verizon to still negotiate roaming rates and fees.