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Comments on news posted 2014-04-15 08:22:29: In a move that's certain to ruffle the feathers of larger operators AT&T and Verizon, ReCode suggests that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is circulating a proposal that would reserve two thirds of upcoming auction spectrum for smaller carriers. ..



battleop

join:2005-09-28
00000

If you really want competition...

Then this is what it will take. Level the field for the small guy and start ups so they can compete with the companies with billion dollar deep pockets and staff politicians.
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I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.



n2jtx

join:2001-01-13
Glen Head, NY

I agree. The only reason AT&T and Verizon are able to gobble up chunks of spectrum now is because many years ago they were given preferential treatment by the government, first in wireline and then in wireless, which allowed them to reach critical mass and grow to become the behemoths they are now. The old Bell companies were given 800MHz spectrum for free back in the 1980's.

While I am all for free market principles, the fact that the damage was already done by the government means the government is going to need to correct it. Allowing things to proceed as they are now to the point where AT&T and Verizon could conceivably wind up owning (technically licensing - the public "owns" the airwaves) 95% of all available spectrum will not help the consumer in any way shape or form.
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I support the right to keep and arm bears.



robbyglack

@comcast.net

should of done this earlier

too bad this is happening after metroPCS and leap got bought up. this could have been there chance to grow into nationwide competitors. t-mobile and sprint are big enough that they are likely to look just like at&t and verizon if they grow more. a bigger leap or metro would have been disruptive in a whole different way, and in a way that rural carriers would never be.

more than anything else i would like to see a new carrier emerge as a fifth option in the biggest cities where they can really make an impact.


xthepeoplesx

join:2013-10-21
Reviews:
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What does it matter?

What does it matter? They will just allow the larger carriers to buy out the smaller carriers. So AT&T and Verizon will get the spectrum anyways.

EDIT: I honestly dont think verizon and att would be upset about this. They will in the end just get a better price for the spectrum.



Resell op

@comcast.net
reply to battleop

Re: If you really want competition...

said by battleop:

Then this is what it will take. Level the field for the small guy and start ups so they can compete with the companies with billion dollar deep pockets and staff politicians.

The move is sound by FCC, but it won't make any real difference. The small guys will buy the licenses and then resell them to AT&T and Verizon and make some very nice profits unless the rules also prevent resale.


battleop

join:2005-09-28
00000

I can see the big guys abusing the system. They can let executives "retire" and start small companies to get spectrum that they will either sit on or lease back to their previous employer.

They need to include a use it or loose it clause without loopholes.
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I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.



robbyglack

@comcastbusiness.net
reply to xthepeoplesx

Re: What does it matter?

said by xthepeoplesx:

What does it matter? They will just allow the larger carriers to buy out the smaller carriers. So AT&T and Verizon will get the spectrum anyways.

EDIT: I honestly dont think verizon and att would be upset about this. They will in the end just get a better price for the spectrum.

i great condition to put in the auction would be that any buyer has to agree to remain independent for 10 - 20 years. no selling or merging.


Probitas

@teksavvy.com

I wish people would just call PAC what it is in fact.

A bribe. A political donation from a corporation. Money for access.


WhatNow
Premium
join:2009-05-06
Charlotte, NC
reply to robbyglack

Re: What does it matter?

What about bankruptcy? Should the spectrum be returned to the FCC?



robbyglack

@comcastbusiness.net

said by WhatNow:

What about bankruptcy? Should the spectrum be returned to the FCC?

sure. or sold to someone else who would have qualified originally, not one of the bigger guys.

BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Ridiculous

There is way too much spectrum out there already for wireless providers. They shouldn't even need half of what they have today to provide good wireless connectivity.


xthepeoplesx

join:2013-10-21
reply to robbyglack

Re: What does it matter?

I like how you think robbyglack!