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FCC to Review How Much Spectrum Ownership is Too Much
September Order Will Re-Evaluate Spectrum Screen
by Karl Bode 10:58AM Friday Aug 31 2012
As AT&T and Verizon battle one another over who can own the most spectrum, the FCC may take another look at just how much spectrum individual carriers should be allowed to hold. The FCC currently uses a "spectrum screen" to determine whether to more heavily scrutinize mergers or spectrum acquisitions, and is expected to vote in September on an order tasked with reviewing those standards. Consumer advocates have long argued that AT&T and Verizon have been stockpiling too much spectrum below 1 gigahertz in order to thwart potential competitive entrants, while AT&T has accused the FCC of being too slow when reviewing potential transactions.

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tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY

agenda

also spending gobs of money on wireless, while NEGLECTING their other networks are part of a disturbing agenda..

you could even say, most of the telecom reform acts passed to ensure competition have all but FAILED...
rdmiller

join:2005-09-23
Richmond, VA

Re: agenda

Bring back buggy whips! Business that fail to innovate are doomed to die.

AnonFTW

@rr.com

Re: agenda

said by rdmiller:

Bring back buggy whips! Business that fail to innovate are doomed to die.

Wireless isn't more innovative than wireline?

pende_tim
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Make them share

I would not be adverse to letting V or AT&T own as much as they can afford to buy as long as they are required to easily share it with competitors at a reasonable cost.

Not sure of the mechanics of this concept, will let the lawyers and technical experts work that out.
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The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1

Re: Make them share

T-mobile is already testing spectrum sharing with government owned bands, AT&T and Verizon hate the idea obviously because it decreases their capability to starve all of their competitors by buying spectrum and sitting on it.

It would be a wonderful thing for wireless competition, but with our current government and regulatory agencies, not to mention the fact that Verizon and AT&T seems to have bought the fcc, it will have a tough time.