Re: Come on
said by BosstonesOwn:What is your issue? So cable companies should just continue to squat on this spectrum. Who does that serve?
Stop Letting them get away with this crap.
They dangle a carrot from a stick in front of a rabbit and expect the rabbit not to chase it ? Really ?
Does no one in this government stand up for what is right for the people that "elect" them any more ? This should be go down faster then Al Roker eating sushi ! These back room deals between ceos with "publicly owned" items need to be stopped by some one who has the nerve to stand up to them.
Re: 4G Maybe?
said by ArizonaSteve:Phoenix proper already has '4G', and it has for awhile. You'll likely see 3G in 1900mhz in those edge only exurbs. Assuming you have a phone that can do 3g over 1900mhz.
Does more spectrum for T-Mobile mean they can upgrade from Edge and we might actually get 4G in the Phoenix area?
Re: still anti-consumer..
said by tmc8080:How is cable squatting on this spectrum pro-consumer?
offloading spetrum to tmobile does not make tmobile prices any cheaper.. or quality any better
·Time Warner Cable
·Verizon Online DSL
| Okay, so what's your suggestion?|
I don't often agree with BF69, but in this case I've got to say that you aren't going to se a fifth national wireless carrier in the US. Leap/MetroPCS are regional, as are companies like C-Spire, US Cellular and the new Alltel (ATN-owned). Each of these companies have a fair amount of financial resources, but not enough to deploy a nationwide wireless network, even if they had the spectrum to do so.
T-Mobile, on the other hand, can do the whole nationwide wireless carrier thing, though in many cases they drop from 4G to 2G very quickly once you exit a large or medium-sized city. But where they have deployed HSPA+ or better, it works really well. Giving them more spectrum will allow them to deploy LTE in more places, which puts more competitive pressure on the remaining three nationwide providers to up coverage, lower prices or otherwise provide more value to the consumer.
From what I've seen, T-Mobile is more likely to offer a low-priced plan than anyone (including Sprint, though Sprint still has unlimited data, without throttling, on smartphones). This spectrum swap should allow them to continue in that vein, for those whom they cover.
Sure, it would be cool if Sprint got AWS spectrum, but in most areas they have a solid 54MHz of spectrum to work with once the decommission iDEN, something that T-Mobile doesn't have, depending on the area. Sprint also has all that Clearwire spectrum for when they need to augment capacity in a high-traffic area...T-Mobile has, uh, WiFi? Sprint also doesn't own any AWS spectrum at the moment, so it would be a stretch to think that they would just buy up SpectrumCo assets and start building out a network on that entirely new band at this point.
So yeah, let Verizon swap with T-Mobile, let T-Mobile swap with C-Spire, let Verizon buy SpectrumCo and Cox spectrum, let them spin off non-upper-C 700 licenses to AT&T, US Cellular and whoever else wants them, and throw in a clause that mandates LTE roaming on AWS (and eventually PCS) since it's technically trivial to make that happen. Don't hand-wring and keep the deal from going through just because it shuffles spectrum over to companies that will actually do something with it.