I am writing in support of wireless choice and to make sure Verizon and AT&T do not control the future of wireless by dominating the nation’s airwaves and limiting consumer choice. For the next auction of low-band spectrum, the FCC needs to do more to protect the quantity and quality of the low-band spectrum that’s available for competitive carriers challenging AT&T and Verizon in the marketplace.
There are two important things the FCC can do to help protect consumers.
First, prevent more concentration of AT&T and Verizon’s market power by reserving 40 MHz or at least half of the available spectrum for companies other than Verizon and AT&T. They already have 73% of the low band spectrum available in the United States. Growing the size of the reserve will level the playing field for a competitive market that benefits consumers.
Second, make sure no matter what the reserve size is, the trigger kicks in on time and is not too late to work as the FCC intended it to. Getting critical low-band spectrum resources into the hands of the rivals of AT&T and Verizon is the goal and the reserve is designed for exactly this purpose. But it will only work if the reserve kicks in before AT&T and Verizon can use their market power to avoid competition by blocking competitors from obtaining much needed spectrum.
Help the millions of Americans who rely on a competitive wireless market to keep service up, prices down and innovation coming.
Sent as a public comment to:
- GN Docket No. 12-268, Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive Auctions
- WT Docket No. 12-269, Policies Regarding Mobile Spectrum Holdings
- Competitive Bidding Procedures for Broadcast Incentive Auction 1000, Including Auctions 1001 and 1002, AU Docket No. 14-252