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AT&T Doesn't Like 600MHz Auction Rules, May Skip It

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Apr 17, 2014, 7:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

AT&T indicated to the Federal Communications Commission this week that it disapproves of proposed rules for the upcoming incentive auction for 600MHz spectrum. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has floated a plan that would reserve spectrum in each market for companies that don't already have low-band spectrum. Thanks to its 700MHz spectrum holdings, AT&T would be restricted from bidding in about 70% of U.S. markets for the 600MHz spectrum. Wheeler's proposal has yet to be officially implemented, but AT&T's Joan Marsh said, "If the restrictions as proposed are adopted, AT&T will need to seriously consider whether its capital and resources are directed toward other spectrum opportunities that will better enable AT&T to continue to support high-quality LTE network deployments to serve its customers." If AT&T doesn't participate in the auction, it could hinder the FCC's goal of generating money to build a public safety network. The FCC is scheduled to vote on the incentive auction rules by May.

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Apr 17, 2014, 8:20 AM

Sounds like someone's having a temper tantrum

I doubt they'll sit this one out, unless this spectrum isn't actually as valuable as they say.
Considering how the FCC has limited AT&T in the past (mergers with T-Mobile, spectrum rules, etc), this is the ONLY way AT&T can make a statement to the FCC...withholding from the auction means other companies are unlikely to meet the reserve price of...
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