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FCC Spells Out Spectrum Screen Policies

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mjfadaway

May 15, 2014, 1:23 PM
The fact that Sprint and T-Mobile own just 15% of the low band spectrum in the US, yet they aren't allowed to merge with each other is laughable.
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sp_5015

May 15, 2014, 1:49 PM
Well put...I'd say they fact that they can't is just an example of AT&T's and Verizon's lobby exerting their influence. But it looks like with this ruling, and the recent articles about representatives not necessarily against a T-Mobile-Sprint merger...there may be a possibility...
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insider.

May 15, 2014, 6:31 PM
True...But remember Sprint and Tmobile have both had the exact same opportunities to bid on every one of the same auctions as Verizon and AT&T. Yet on every single auction, their bidders in a way said "Its OK! We are good. We don't need anymore spectrum!"
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B-Sides

May 15, 2014, 8:25 PM
And lets not forget that both Sprint and T-Mobile are owned by much larger companies with very deep pockets! I find it laughable that they try to play the poor me role all the time when they have every opportunity to upgrade but use tactics like this to fight off their competition.
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Phineas

May 16, 2014, 10:45 AM
Umm, let's see when the last auction occurred Sprint and TMO didn't have much in the way of funds to compete with Verizon and AT&T. You could say TMO had an opportunity with DT supporting them but they were always in a sell mode with them and didn't change much until AT&T's failed merger that gave them spectrum and cash.
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B-Sides

May 17, 2014, 10:20 AM
T-Mobile is still in SELL mode! As for Sprint, I was a contractor for them a few years back and from an insiders perspective, they did themselves in with poor management and terrible direction! I have worked with all 4 major carriers over my years in telecom and when you compare both Verizon and AT&T's management with the rest you can absolutely see why they are successful. They put their money where their mouths are with purchasing spectrum, upgrading their networks and customer service.
To me I would rather pay a few extra dollars each month, and it is only a few extra for my family plan compared to T-Mobile, to get the quality of service and network that I now enjoy.
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