said by frenchfry :
Looks like they are buying more. In northern Alabama AT&T is purchasing Corr Wireless from C Spire and the 700 mhz spectrum that C Spire owns in that area.
What a shame another small cell provider bites the dust.
Industry consolidation, due to efficiencies of scale, will always eventually cause a shakeout where all the smaller players are eaten up or pushed aside. Small players exist based on better, more personal, customer service. But most people now care less about good service, or at the least aren't willing to pay more for it. That is the WalMart phenomenon - low price & convenience is the only thing that matters to most people.
It looks like, nationally, absent a government regulated monopoly, it will shake out to 4 or 5 national carriers. That would be AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and the stealth national player Tracfone(the prepaid monster). Some smaller players will operate on the fringes(say MetroPCS) for awhile, but even they will eventually fold or be bought out.--
I will be perfectly happy if the budget cuts specified in the Budget Control Act go into effect. 3 cheers for the sequester. Take the money from the drunken federal spenders.