Sprint, T-Mobile, Others Look to Preserve FCC Power
The CEOs of a number of smaller network operators across the U.S. have petitioned congress to change the wording in JOBS Act, H.R. 3630. As written, it would remove the authority to conduct spectrum auctions from the Federal Communications Commission. In a letter sent to congress, the opponents argue, "Stripping the FCC of its auction design discretion would disserve the public interest by permitting unchecked participation by the two largest, best-funded wireless carriers in future spectrum auctions. That would discourage smaller competitors from participating in future auctions thereby reducing auction revenues and limiting wireless competition and innovation." Signees of the letter include the CEOs of Atlantic Tele-Network, Bluegrass Cellular, C Spire Wireless, Cricket Communications, NorthwestCell, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and RCA-The Competitive Carriers Association. They "urge [Congress] to safeguard America’s mobile broadband future by ensuring that FCC auction authority is renewed."
prohibiting the Federal Communications Commission from considering existing spectrum
holdings in determining a carrier’s participation in future spectrum auctions."
Effectively allowing appointed officials to determine winners and losers.
All well and good, if we trust these people.
Money generates influence and power.
Commissioners are appointed by the sitting president and 'approved' by congress.
The present FCC's conditional approval of use of extraterrestrial spectrum as a terrestrial LTE network is being questioned by congress at present.
Why did they evel allow it conditionally?