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Company blog posts are where all the action has been 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.
Now, Kathleen Grillo, Verizon’s Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory and Legal Affairs, explains the “Real Lesson of the AWS-3 Auction.” “Everyone is talking about “lessons learned” from the recently completed AWS-3 auction. It comes as no surprise to us that T-Mobile, Sprint, and others are trying to teach the wrong one,” Grillo wrote. She explains that “those companies” are claiming AT&T and Verizon dominated the auction (which they did, but should they be punished for bringing more capital to the table?) and should be prevented from doing the same thing in the auction next year. Grillo also points out “how at odds with the facts these claims are.” Continue reading here.
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