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Sprint, T-Mobile Want FCC to Eye AT&T's Spectrum Spree

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Oct 10, 2014, 7:45 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint, T-Mobile, and others want the FCC to "carefully scrutinize" a number of AT&T's proposed low-band spectrum acquisitions. AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to purchase 700MHz spectrum from a range of small companies around the country. AT&T's competitors argue its low-band spectrum purchases should trigger the FCC's spectrum screen and require extra examination for their effects on competition. Low-band spectrum is highly valued for its propagation characteristics, and AT&T and Verizon Wireless already control a significant amount of low-band spectrum around the country. Sprint and T-Mobile claim the FCC has yet to fully define what triggers the spectrum screen with small-scale deals. They believe AT&T is taking advantage of the FCC's lack of clarity on the issue. AT&T responded by saying, "AT&T is confident that after a careful, enhanced factor review, the Bureau will conclude that both of these small deals will cause no harm to competition and will result in significant public interest benefits."

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Oct 10, 2014, 11:55 PM

Coming from a company with more spectrum than all other 3 companies COMBINED

Yeah, they have a TON of it - they just don't know what to do with it, nor have competent people to run their company. They constantly, and many wireless carriers do this, waste time and money on USELESS Android and some Windows phones that NO ONE buys - I'm talking about selling 1,500 phones in a month, and only 1-3 sell. Why waste the time and money on such a low demand phone?

They could realistically carry about 10 phones and call it good - instead all the carriers load up with like 30 plus phones - half of which don't sell and there's zero to little demand. It's a purposeless phone essentially.

Then here comes the funny part, someone will end up buying one of those junk phones, only to be disappointed and then blame the compa...
Kinda got off the topic of the article there but I agree with ya. I'm sick of customers coming in all pissed off because the phone they bought for a penny last year is slow or doesn't hold a charge or have enough memory etc. Then they demand to get ...

Oct 10, 2014, 8:15 AM

Understandable But,

Last known info has Sprint sitting out of this auction. I can understand the arguments placed in front of the FCC and recognize the theory behind the opposing views. However, while T-Mobile is looking to the FCC to have a fair shake at bidding for the this auction, Sprint should be concentrating on getting the ducks in order for the 600mhz auction.

Again, I do believe AT&T and VZW have their fair share of low band spectrum and the FCC should review the bidding limitations, but the 600 mhz auction is a huge deal. This is where Sprint should, and I believe will, place the money they saved by not purchasing Tmobile, to heavily bid on the 600mhz.

John B.
I think the post it's not talking about the upcoming auction 😕
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