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T-Mobile Urges Consumer Action Against 'Twin Bells'

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Feb 18, 2015, 4:27 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

T-Mobile CEO John Legere today asked consumers to help guide the FCC's rule-making process for the upcoming 600MHz reverse auction. Legere hopes consumers will write to the FCC and ask the agency to create rules that will lead to more competition. Legere pointed to the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction, which he called "a disaster for American wireless consumers," as proof of the need for action. AT&T and Verizon Wireless, or the "Twin Bells" according to Legere, won the bulk of the AWS-3 spectrum auctioned off by the FCC. Legere says this can't happen with the 600MHz auction, which is for valuable low-band spectrum. "Three companies alone spent an insane $42 billion between them, grabbing a ridiculous 94% of the spectrum sold at [the AWS-3] auction," argued Legere. "This whole thing should scare the hell out of you and every other wireless consumer in the U.S., because there is another important auction coming next year, and the results have to be different if wireless competition is going survive." Legere wants the FCC to reserve 40MHz or at least half the available spectrum for companies other than AT&T and Verizon. Further, he wants the government to mandate that auction winners use the spectrum to provide mobile service rather than allow it "to be collected and traded like financial securities." Legere has always been outspoken about his feelings for T-Mobile's competitors. Today's appeal to the public for support is more direct that his previous efforts.

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Feb 18, 2015, 6:11 PM

Broken record

Tired of hearing this over and over, its a business those who can afford or want to pay the price should be able to do so.

Its like when people used to complain non-stop about Walmart destroying usinesses because they offered products for a lower cost, theyre a business let it go
There's a difference between "free market capitalism" and corporatism or more often crony corporatism. The Founding Fathers had no idea that someday giant corporations would be running this country. Corporations didn't even exist in their time. Cap...
Spoken like a true AT&T employee.

Feb 24, 2015, 12:32 PM

All I read was ...

All I read was...
"We don't have enough money to buy spectrums so we need the consumer and government to strong arm AT&T & Verizon because we can't do business ourselves"

This is why T-Mobile is a joke.

Feb 20, 2015, 11:15 AM


All I heard was:

"Because of our shoddy services and terrible customer service experiences, we are not as profitable as our competitors. Therefore, we need the government to bail us out and help us compete".
That's the piint. That clown of a ceo is still trying to act like the underdog in this. I'm not a fan of sprint but at least they are trying to make a effort Without government strong arming

Feb 18, 2015, 6:50 PM

Hard to take him seriously when he's trying to sell us off

Everything this guy does seems like a stunt now.
That may be the case, but the fact of the matter remains - the big two have a lot of spectrum, and so does Sprint for that matter. AT&T and Verizon have a lot more that is user-network friendly, and the fact that T-Mobile lacks that is disturbing.

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