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AT&T Slams DOJ, Calls Its FCC Guidelines Unlawful

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Top message:  Figures. by Slammer   Apr 25, 2013, 3:18 PM

Replying to:  Re: Figures. by Vmac39   Apr 26, 2013, 9:23 AM

Re: "What about anti-trust?"

by CellStudent    Apr 26, 2013, 11:16 AM

Vmac39 said:
What about anti-trust? I simply made a comment based off of the comments that were quoted in the article. It seems to be a legitimate gripe, despite how people may feel about ATT and Verizon. If the larger companies go through the proper channels to apply for auction licensing, then why would it be wrong for them to purchase...

Anti-trust is really the only issue at play here.

The (in this case, correct) philosophy is that large market players can squeeze out smaller players leading to instability in the long-term. Allowing spectrum auctions to be completely unmanaged and 100% price-rationed is extremely poor policy.

Free-market economics works 99% of the time. It does NOT work 100% of the time. Limiting each market participant's holdings of comparable quality spectrum is in the best interest of maintaining a robust wireless economy.

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