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Verizon Pushing FCC to Reconsider Auction Rules

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Convenient Ignorance


May 1, 2014, 4:29 PM
VZW's statements conveniently ignore a key provision of the proposal presented by Chairman Wheeler: The reservation of spectrum for carriers holding less than 30% of the low band spectrum in a given market only kicks in once a reserve price is met. That in itself ensures a price for the spectrum that is set based on all competitors - VZW and AT&T alike setting the price for all available spectrum up to the point of the reserve trigger. The second market control is based on the fact that the spectrum isn't held by the government: It's held by private broadcasters. Regardless of whether there is a reserve or not, a broadcaster in a given market is going to look at the current bid price for market guidance on the value of the spectrum and t...

May 2, 2014, 3:35 AM
I understand what you and others are talking about on AT&T and VZW and their size. But both Deutsche Telekom and Softbank can afford to bid at the same levels as the bigger carriers, they choose not to. I just don't agree with giving prefered or subsudies bidding to off shore companies because of this. Let them put their money with their mouth is.

May 3, 2014, 11:46 AM
Agree.. DT and SB are HUGE international companies. Allowing them to buy low band spectrum when VZW and T are not allowed to bid at all would not be fair. It would be like Verizon starting up a tiny wireless company called "Horizon" or "V Mobile" and then being allowed to bid. Once the bid is completed, they would be allowed to use VZW cash to pay for it and then transfer the assets to VZW. insane!

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