T-Cellular Hits Again At AT&T and Verizon After Spectrum-Hoarding Accusations

An nameless reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: T-Cellular US CEO Mike Sievert yesterday fired again at AT&T and Verizon, saying the carriers’ complaints about T-Cellular acquiring extra spectrum licenses present that they’re afraid of competitors. “The duopolists are scrambling to dam this new competitors any method they’ll… All of a sudden within the unfamiliar place of not having a dominant stranglehold on the wi-fi market, and preferring to not meet the aggressive problem within the market, AT&T and Verizon are urging the FCC to sluggish T-Cellular down and choke off our capacity to compete pretty for added radio spectrum,” Sievert wrote in a weblog submit. As we wrote Monday, Verizon and AT&T have urged the Federal Communications Fee to impose limits on T-Cellular’s capacity to acquire extra spectrum licenses. AT&T complained that T-Cellular’s acquisition of Dash allowed it to amass “an unprecedented focus of spectrum.”

Verizon has essentially the most spectrum of any US provider “by far” however “has the anti-competitive instincts and sheer audacity to complain {that a} a lot smaller T-Cellular has an excessive amount of,” Sievert wrote. “After holding huge spectrum benefits over T-Cellular and others for many years, Verizon and AT&T simply cannot stand the thought of anybody else being forward of them or having a good shot in an public sale the place they plan to make use of their monetary would possibly to do what they’ve all the time accomplished — dominate.” Sievert additionally wrote that the 600MHz spectrum T-Cellular is leasing was beforehand managed by AT&T. “AT&T had gained at public sale the spectrum that Columbia Capital is now leasing to T-Cellular and — guess what — AT&T determined it did not need it and offered it to Columbia,” Sievert wrote. “Verizon, the ringleader in opposing this lease, by no means bothered to even present up and bid for any 600MHz spectrum. In brief, we’ve AT&T and Verizon searching for to dam T-Cellular from utilizing spectrum that AT&T determined to jettison, and Verizon had no real interest in pursuing. Now each firms are searching for to dam T-Cellular from placing this spectrum to make use of for the good thing about American customers.”

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