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Setting the Record Straight on Upcoming FCC Incentive Auction

In an eleventh-hour attempt to shift the auction rules in their favor at the expense of U.S. taxpayers, certain companies and organizations are distorting key facts in an attempt to get an unmerited handout from the federal government. As a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed points out, this last-ditch lobbying blitz aimed at procuring additional set-asides relies on loaded rhetoric and, if it succeeds, would leave American mobile consumers and tax payers footing even more of the bill.

Amidst the whirlwind of disingenuous information being pitched to the public regarding the FCC’s upcoming spectrum incentive auction, Mobile Future is setting the record straight on what’s at stake for consumers and how these rules will shape the future of our wireless innovation economy. Today, Mobile Future launched, where wireless consumers can get the real story surrounding this critical opportunity to repurpose spectrum for mobile use.

  • Fact: Sprint and T-Mobile have more spectrum capacity per subscriber than AT&T and Verizon.
  • Fact: In the past 11 spectrum auctions, 61.35% of spectrum per person was won by companies other than AT&T and Verizon.
  • Fact: Despite having significant spectrum holdings in rural areas, Sprint and T-Mobile have simply chosen not to invest in rural America.
  • Fact: Sprint did not participate in the last spectrum auction and neither Sprint nor T-Mobile participated in the last auction of low-band spectrum.
  • Fact: Sprint and T-Mobile can participate in the auction fully, bidding for reserved spectrum as well as non-reserved spectrum while AT&T and Verizon will be limited to only bid for non-reserved spectrum.

There is only one chance to get this critical auction right to ensure spectrum is reaching the people who need it most: America’s wireless consumers – regardless of where they live. Visit to get the real scoop on the upcoming incentive auction and what it means for our mobile future.