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The FCC needs to call AT&T’s bluff and dare it to boycott a major spectrum auction

17
Apr
2014

Earlier this week, ATT did the carrier equivalent of threatening to take its ball and go home if it doesn’t get exactly what it wants. The Federal Communications Commission needs to show that it’s prepared to let Ma Bell walk away in a huff. As Re/code informs us, ATT has said that it will reconsider whether it will even take part in next year’s hugely important auction for spectrum on the 600MHz band unless the FCC reverses its decision to reserve about 30MHz worth of licenses on the band for smaller carriers. “ATT has never declined to participate in a major spectrum auction and certainly did not intend to do so here,” wrote ATT VP of federal regulatory issues Joan Marsh

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