CCA Wants FCC to Lump Together AT&T's Spectrum Purchases
The Competitive Cellular Association has requested that the Federal Communications Commission bundle together its reviews of separate spectrum acquisitions proposed by AT&T. AT&T has submitted several such proposals, and is seeking blocks of 700MHz, AWS, and WCS spectrum in a handful of markets around the country. The CCA argues that when viewed individually, these purchases don't appear to pose any harm to consumers. When viewed together, however, they reveals AT&T's attempt to further concentrate its spectrum holdings. "Allowing the largest carriers to obtain unlimited amounts of spectrum on the secondary market raises serious competitive concerns," said CCA President and CEO Steven Berry in the organization's filing. "The only way for the FCC to truly see the devastating consequences of further spectrum aggregation is by consolidating the proposed applications." AT&T maintains that each transaction is unrelated to the others and involves different companies in different regions of the country. The FCC has not made a decision on the CCA's request.
Verizon/ATT vs CCA
Verizon has enough spectrum nation wide to have 4 national networks, while AT&T does not have enough for 2 complete national networks. Although they have in major cities enough spectrum to have 3 networks (even though in places like New York they have to refarm some spectrum to bolster the LTE network).