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Jun 25, 2015, 7:43 PM
The duopoly is almost complete.

VZW and AT&T have effectively secured the industry leaving T-Mobile, Sprint and the other smaller carriers with no way to build regardless of how much they spend to expand. This was a very important auction and a chance for T-Mobile and Sprint to have a balance allotment of spectrum to offensively compete on a higher level.

This essentially plays into the more money for government rather than procreating more diverse consumer choice.

John B.

Jun 25, 2015, 8:25 PM
As far as the smaller carriers i.e. C-Spire, US Cellular I agree with you. But Sprint and T-Mobile are not small companies. They have the means to bid on the spectrum, wanting out of the US market and giving prefrence to their other markets has nothing to do with it. This is a quagmire, do you offer spectrum at a lower rate to foreign companies and charge more for US based company? Half of me agree's with you, hopefully it woud level things out. The other half see's this as just not right by kicking your domestic owned carriers.

Honestly, Softbank has been a disappointment, and I wish a somewhat ethical company with funds would just take TMO-US off DT's hand and go against the big two. I can't see how Dish could pull it off...

Jun 27, 2015, 9:33 AM
Mike you hit the nail right on the head when you said "They have the means to bid on the spectrum". Both TMo and Sprint have the means and ability to compete in the spectrum bids but that would mean they have to make sacrifices in other areas. And those sacrifices would most likely come at their customers expense! Both companies are fighting a pricing war right now and unfortunately when you do this you lose the ability to compete on a larger scale.

The fact of the matter is both TMo and Sprint have the ability but unlike AT&T and Verizon they cry about how unfair it is to the smaller carriers. But in reality they aren't the smaller carriers! Compare them to one of the other 95 or so members of the CCA and they are the BIG GUYS!

Jun 26, 2015, 5:53 PM
"T-Mobile, Sprint and the other smaller carriers have no way to build regardless of how much they spend to expand.."

Surely you believe they must WIN the auction bid to WIN spectrum to expand, right? That's how it goes. That's how Verizon has been building their network and growing over the last 3 auctions. Why should it be different for Sprint or Tmobile?

Jun 28, 2015, 10:30 AM
Without AT&T and Verizon how you think the FCC gonna raise enough money to buy back the spectrum from the TV broadcasters?

Jun 29, 2015, 1:42 PM
I'd like to see how this will work out in areas bordering Mexico Canada, where they have no plans to shrink their UHF band again. Most of Mexico hasn't even gone digital yet, & in Canada, they already stated that their UHF band will remain at channel 51. So for a place like Detroit & Albany New York, certain licenses won't be able to be used, if there are stations in Canada broadcasting on, or near those channels. Look at the problem T-Mobile & smaller carriers with the lower 700 A block, have problems launching that part of the band in some markets. The wireless carriers will face that problem in areas near Mexico & Canada.

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