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Verizon: T-Mobile's Legere 'Is Simply Wrong'

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Way to parry words Verizon.

Slammer

Jun 12, 2015, 12:36 PM
"T-Mobile is more than welcome to participate in any auction the FCC holds. No company can prevent another from participating."

Umm, that is not what T-Mobile is complaining about. Tmobile has every intention to bid. The point is that T-Mobile can have all the money in the world and bid its ass off only to receive the maximum of 30mhz.

It irks me when VZW and AT&T twist the logic to mask the facts. Is VZW and ATT willing to surrender blocks of 700Mhz in order to compensate for the 600 they will gain? I would most certainly like to see this happen to provide a balance.

John B.
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thenewempire

Jun 12, 2015, 3:16 PM
well said.
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deanwoof

Jun 12, 2015, 10:43 PM
Why should they give up something they purchased already? Are you willing to give up property or money in your own business ventures?
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brad162

Jun 13, 2015, 7:02 PM
But hearing Verizon complain about this, is totally unrealistic too.

Verizon has all the $$ they've been draining from their wireline assets over the years, plus if i recall all of their 850MHz licences (a bulk of their holdings) were freebies handed out to their original parents back about 30yrs ago.

Verizon just needs to can it already and worry about finishing rolling out their "XLTE" and densifying their urban networks to make them acceptable to use in big cities again.

This whole dropping from LTE to 3G because they've decided to leave the network spaced for 1xRTT is ludicrous in 2015
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Slammer

Jun 14, 2015, 12:16 PM
The problem is that the property is not carrier owned. The spectrum is publically owned. It is only licensed to the carriers. The FCC should be assuring the public that one or two carriers not monopolize all the low band frequencies for sake of eliminating the competitions' chances for fair offerings.

In short, if AT&T and VZW want to hold huge licensing rights to prime 600mhz spectrum, there should be divestures of 700 to allow fair balance to the other carriers.

John B.
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Versed

Jun 15, 2015, 12:14 PM
I can understand smaller regional carriers having a chance, but DT and to a lessor extent Softbank are rather large mulitnational corporations who can afford to bid at the same level as Verizon and AT&T. They just choose not to, basically because they also have to worry about their home markets. Asking the US Government to give a break to a foregin corporation will not go down all to well.

If the big two were to buy a EU based wireless company, then asked the EU regulators for prefered bidding chance similar to what Legere said, they would be laughing so hard that they would have seizures. And the very same DT would be complaining.
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insider.

Jun 15, 2015, 5:40 PM
I agree, But I can't really blame them. It cost less money to complain and ask for more than it does to WIN the BID and invest in BUYING licenses. you know?

its a whole new ball game.

it costs more money and its HARDER to participate in the auctions and INVEST in network licenses. This is the hard way.
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Slammer

Jun 15, 2015, 7:11 PM
This has nothing to do with complaining about money. The way I view this article and at current FCC rules as written, Sprint and T-Mobile could bid just as much or even more than VZW and AT&T yet, only get a chance at maximum 30Mhz while the larger two get the chance at 70Mhz. So, if the two smaller were to finally make the big financial purchase you feel they historically have been laxed at, they still lose.

I don't call this asking for a break, I call it asking for a fair chance to divvy up a more competitive position.

VZW is indeed, trying to manipulate the scope of the landscape. Even if 40Mhz were set aside, VZW and AT&T will still be the winners regardless. TMO and Sprint have spent more percentage wise over the last 5years vs t...
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insider.

Jun 16, 2015, 5:57 PM
I know you don't see it that way, but they are absolutely asking for a break and complaining that the auctions are not fair.

They have asked the FCC to SET aside 40Mhz worth of spectrum and reserve it for smaller carriers who cannot afford to bid and compete. The FCC has agreed to reserve 30Mhz for the first time ever. These auctions have been the only way to gain spectrum for my entire life. It is unclear how much they are going to charge for the 30Mhz reserved spectrum. Verizon's point is that T-mobile should have millions saved up from not participating in previous auctions so they should have huge financial reserves stored up for a blowout bid....but alas, that is not the case.
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wecivus

Jun 12, 2015, 10:59 PM
Where does it say that t mobile can only bid up to 30mhz? The 30 is only reserved for smaller carriers, does not say it couldn't bid on more.
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seahawks

Jun 13, 2015, 1:11 AM
Stop being a sprint and tmoile fanboy. T-Mobile can bid on whatever they want at&t & Verizon can't bid on that 30mhz cause it's set aside for smaller carriers. T-Mobile wants it to be 40mhz that at&t & Verizon can't bid on. Whereas T-Mobile can bid on everything
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