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AT&T, Frontline Join Verizon In Fighting FCC Auction Rules

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Sep 26, 2007, 9:04 AM   by (staff)

After initially condemning--and then supporting--the FCC 700 MHz auction open access rules, AT&T has reversed its support again and is now asking the FCC to change the rules. Both it and Frontline have filed separate petitions with the FCC. AT&T is specifically fighting the measure that calls for auction winners to build a nationwide broadband network for public safety agencies. Frontline is asking that auction winners be forced to resell spectrum at wholesale rates and that small businesses be given bidding discounts. Verizon Wireless took things a step further and filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of Appeals, claiming that the rules violate the law.

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lufrebent

Sep 26, 2007, 11:53 AM

SHOCKING!!!

What I think is amazingly shocking about this article is that AT&T...I mean Cingular...I mean AT&T...I mean AT&T with orange...would acutally flip flop on an issue so many times...shocking...
dang, you beat me to my joke! Laughing I'm also tired of all these cell phone companies changing their name over the years, att/cig being the worst, t-mobile in second, and sprint in third (although sprint has always kept the name sprint in there logo)...
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lufrebent said:
...I mean AT&T with orange...blockquote>
Laughing Laughing Laughing
lol good one
jskrenes

Sep 26, 2007, 9:47 AM

So where are all the VZW-haters now?

When Verizon filed suit everyone complained that they were just getting greedy. But I'm sure ATT is doing this in a way that is noble and honorable....
Thats exactly what I was going to say!

Last time it was all about VZ being greedy, and selfish, and more BS'n about the UI and bluetooth. Where's their argument now? They don't have one on this case, because now their "network" has stepped in lin...
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jskrenes said:
When Verizon filed suit everyone complained that they were just getting greedy. But I'm sure ATT is doing this in a way that is noble and honorable....



Um atlp99 (above) said it more eloquently tha...
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I'm a verizon and at&t hater. Screw them and frontline for fighting this.
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noble and hoborable coming from AT&T, or heck from a cell phone company is the larges oxymoron I've ever heard! its as bad as Microsoft works!
We're still here, we just hate AT&T a little more now also... Wink
sangyup81

Sep 26, 2007, 9:59 AM

I'm confused

Are the complaining about totally different things or is there actually a relationship between at&t, Frontline, and VZW's complaints?
Everyone else just waited for VZ to come up with a complaint first, so they weren't the ones who looked greedy and selfish right out.

As far as the rest of it goes, I don't know...don't really care! I just think it's funny that when the article ...
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radioshacker

Sep 26, 2007, 9:20 AM

:)

I love how AT&T follows Verizon around like a puppy on a leash.
Talk about the blind leading the blind.
atlp99

Sep 26, 2007, 10:11 AM

Let the fun begin

It seems that all 3 companies have filed on different grounds, Verizon challenging the open access requirement, ATT challenging the public service requirement, and Frontline wanting cheaper access for small business.

It is looking like more and more of the major players are not happy with the auction setup. The FCC knows that this was a highly anticipated auction for the cell companies due to the building penetration of this frequency. That is why they tried to put all the stipulations on this auction and not on the AWS auction last year.

I think Verizon did not buy AWS because it was waiting on this auction.

I think the chance exists with the open access requirement and Google and possibly Apple looking to buy spectrum that it wi...
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