Friday, March 13, 2015

The Keyboard is Mightier Than the Sword

Company blog posts are where all the action is these past couple of weeks. After the AWS-3 spectrum auction ended, T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to the company blog and called the auction “a disaster for American wireless consumers.” Legere tore into AT&T and Verizon, and urged the FCC to reserve 40 MHz or at least half of the available spectrum in the next auction for sale to the competition. A few weeks after Legere posted his unrestrained thoughts about the auction, AT&T’s Vice President of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh explained how AT&T and Verizon weren’t T-Mobile’s competition, Dish was.“AT&T conducted an analysis of winning bids and who the winning bidder bid off to take the license. The fact is that Dish outbid T-Mobile on 132 licenses to win the license. (AT&T outbid T-Mobile on 26 licenses – Verizon 16.) Even of the 151 licenses T-Mobile won, T-Mobile had to outbid Dish on 69 of those licenses to succeed (compared to AT&T on 12 and Verizon on 32). AT&T and Verizon weren’t T-Mobile’s competitive nemesis in the auction – Dish was. And the 600 MHz reserve won’t protect T-Mobile from Dish, or Sprint, or Google, or any other player not named AT&T or Verizon that comes with capital to win spectrum,” Marsh wrote. Continue reading here

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