This afternoon, Allan Ingraham and Hal Singer, in conjunction with Mobile Future, released a new paper, “Bringing Sanity Back to the Spectrum Debate: A Response to CCA’s White Paper” that explores claims made by the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and its members, including DISH, Sprint and T-Mobile. The recent paper they commissioned is an attempt to justify additional set-asides in the upcoming spectrum incentive auctions.
While Mobile Future questions the need for any reserved spectrum, the FCC has already set aside up to 30 MHz of prime, unencumbered spectrum for participants without significant low-band spectrum. This report illustrates how CCA presents no evidence that would justify further tilting auction rules in favor of its members. In addition, the paper concludes that nothing in the CCA paper appears to credibly support any set-aside, let alone increasing it. Given the complexity of the auctions, the FCC should focus on other actions that will benefit all auction participants, since making changes to the set-aside at this juncture would unnecessarily undermine the auction’s success.