Re: more carriers is not necessarilly good EU's regulators carved out spectrum allocations that serve all of the various carriers. And their phones work on all carriers and roaming is mandatory. The FCC allowed US wireless spectrum to be fragmented so that roaming is near impossible and phones are not portable from carrier to carrier. Blame the FCC for this mess.
Boulder Creek, CA
Time to bust up the Bells again. It didn't take Ma Bell long to bribe her way back together.
More carriers is NOT the answer With the country this big, what they should do is force all carriers to allow full MVNO access at regulated rates, regulate them as a pseudo-monopoly, and require that the networks only sell to customers of a certain size, like several hundred thousand lines at a time, which would force them to split with their retail arms, and the retail arms would become yet another MVNO. At a minimum, they should have let AT&T&T and USCC all merge together, Verizon to eat it's LTEiRA partners plus divested AT&T/USCC markets plus gobble up ACS, and then Sprint/Metro/Leap/Clearwire all merge together, and have three carriers to each build a network and compete against each other's networks in a price-regulated world. They should also force the carriers to allow MVNOs to build phones and back-ends that could dynamically switch carriers based on price, bandwidth, latency, signal, etc, effectively turning the networks into giant dumb pipes at the lowest levels.