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Justice Dept. Wants Small Carriers to Get Fair Spectrum Shake

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Apr 12, 2013, 12:41 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The U.S. Department of Justice today filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission voicing its wish to see the country's smaller national carriers have a shot at winning spectrum in the upcoming auction. The Justice Department suggested that the FCC build rules into the auction that prevent the larger carriers from gaining large blocks of airwaves. "The Department concludes that rules that ensure the smaller nationwide networks, which currently lack substantial low-frequency spectrum, have an opportunity to acquire such spectrum could improve the competitive dynamic among nationwide carriers and benefit consumers," the Justice Department said in its filing. The Justice Department clearly implied that it believes AT&T and Verizon Wireless should not be allowed to purchase any more large swaths of spectrum. The FCC is currently drafting rules for an auction that is expected to take place in 2014.

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Apr 12, 2013, 4:22 PM

Tough Fight.

For years, the same administrative department together with the FCC, has allowed the two larger carriers to become even larger by letting the two work as a cartel in swapping spectral assets and subscribers. This request is a little late to the game and will be met with huge resistance.
The "lack of spectrum" card is always used in the purchasing of gold frequencies. I suspect that even with this fight, it will be time consuming and the larger will be business as usual while easily" Out bidding" the smaller.

John B.
Should have done this with the 700 band when it was auction off.
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