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Business Decisions Matter: Top Ten Spectrum Auction Facts

With a nod to David Letterman’s final show tonight, Mobile Future put together our own top 10 list –


Business Decisions Matter: Top Ten Spectrum Auction Facts 

10. Everyone needs more spectrum. Consumer data usage is spiking, particularly from mobile video, which is bandwidth intensive, and all carriers need to keep pace with demand.

9. Dish backed entities bought more licenses, more spectrum and covered more POPs than any other participant in the AWS-3 auction.

8. T-Mobile’s CEO proudly blogged about how his company was “able to be pretty conservative and strategic in” the AWS-3 auction.

7. Just yesterday, Sprint’s Chief Financial Officer touted the company’s spectrum holdings and suggested that Sprint might not participate in the upcoming incentive auction.

6. Business decisions matter. T-Mobile and Sprint deliberately chose not to acquire low-band spectrum in previous auctions. T-Mobile recently purchased low-band spectrum from Verizon, showing that the market can work when you choose to participate.

5. The FCC thoroughly examined the spectrum set-aside and came to its conclusion last year. Nothing has changed.

4. In more than 75% of the counties in the five most rural states in the continental U.S., Sprint and T-Mobile provide no coverage of their own, despite sufficient spectrum holdings. And Sprint’s CEO has been very clear that the company has no intention of serving rural America.

3. Sprint and T-Mobile have more capacity per subscriber than AT&T and Verizon, which T-Mobile highlights in its advertising. Dish has more spectrum nationwide than T-Mobile, but no network and no subscribers.

2. In the past 11 spectrum auctions, 61.35% of spectrum per person was won by companies other than AT&T and Verizon.

1. Crying wolf doesn’t change the facts. Auctions are held to put spectrum to its best and highest use. Dish, Sprint and T-Mobile have had success in spectrum auctions, when they chose to participate. There is absolutely no need to tip the scales further and offer government assistance to multi-billion dollar corporations.