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Fact-Checking the Duopoly

It should come as no surprise that AT&T and Verizon released interchangeable blog posts on the same day promoting anticompetitive myths and asserting false facts regarding the history-in the-making 600 MHz broadcast incentive auction. It’s clear the duopoly is working in coordination to thwart competitive policies that provide consumers more broadband choice with increased competition, lower prices, and mor ...

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Incentive Auction Reserve Has the Potential to Produce a “Wide Spectrum” of Benefits

[caption id="attachment_16080" align="alignright" width="150"] Steven K. Berry | CCA President & CEO[/caption] By: Steven K. Berry, President & CEO, CCA AT&T’s chokehold on low-band spectrum resources prevents competitors from offering service in urban and rural areas alike.  Low-band spectrum travels farther and is less costly to deploy and operate, which is necessary to deploy cost-efficient m ...

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The Earth is Flat?

The Flat Earth Society insists the earth is not a sphere, but a flat disc. It writes passionately and at length to convince remaining skeptics that the “round Earth doctrine is little more than an elaborate hoax.” Mobile Future may not believe our planet is flat, but one should certainly question its knowledge on the laws of physics and economics. According to Mobile Future, the travel distance of different ...

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Voters can Agree on Connecting all Americans

As Americans head to the polls today, the Pew Research Center has again confirmed the growing importance of mobile broadband services. In a new report, Pew found that more than twice as many Americans are using their mobile devices to follow political and campaign news during this year’s election than during the last midterms – up from 13% in 2010 to 28% in 2014. The report finds that both “Republicans and ...

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Remember Alltel? A Prime Example Why Competitive Auction Rules are Necessary

May 14, 2014 - AT&T and Verizon frequently point to Sprint’s and T-Mobile’s decisions not to participate in Auction 73 for lower 700 MHz spectrum as justification for the FCC not to advance pro-competitive rules for future auctions. Every carrier must weigh business needs when deciding whether or not to participate in an auction, just as Sprint and T-Mobile did prior to Auction 73, and AT&T and Verizon did ...

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There’s No Question: FCC Has Authority to Structure a Competitive Auction

May 13, 2014 - As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to adopt rules for an upcoming incentive auction, CCA strongly supports the FCC’s proposed plan to reserve spectrum for competitive carriers – a plan that is firmly based on law and on good public policy. The FCC has been auctioning spectrum for more than twenty years based on statutory authority from Congress, however, this upcoming auction w ...

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Rural America will Benefit from Competitive Carriers’ Access to Additional Low-Band Spectrum

May 9, 2014 - The 600 MHz incentive auction is not about the largest one or two – or even four – carriers. It is about all carriers that need low band spectrum to compete – including CCA’s more than 100 carrier members, many of which serve the most rural and hard-to-reach areas of the United States. More importantly, the incentive auction is about consumers, and meeting all of their mobile broadband needs. ...

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AT&T Fearful of Market Domination by Small Rural Carriers

Have you ever heard of Union Wireless? Unless you’re from Wyoming, chances are probably not. According to AT&T, though, you should be concerned – very concerned – about Union Wireless. AT&T has more than 116 million mobile subscribers, captures some 40% of all wireless revenue, and is one of the world’s largest wireless operators. Family-owned and operated Union Wireless provides wireless service throughout ...

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All Carriers Must have the Opportunity to Participate in the Upcoming Auction; Not just AT&T

April 16, 2014 - Earlier today, AT&T filed an ex parte with the FCC essentially threatening to sit out of the upcoming 600 MHz spectrum auction because AT&T is not getting everything it asked for. Is anyone really surprised by AT&T’s reaction? I, for one, am not – this is simply more of the same from the nation’s second largest carrier. The FCC is trying to create a pro-competitive auction that gives every ...

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FCC: Act Now as Wireless Duopoly Looms

By Steven K. Berry, President & CEO, CCA Each day, consumers rely more and more on wireless services to connect to people, places, information, and things. We've come to expect access to data anytime, anywhere. Meanwhile, mobile applications and other innovative uses of wireless technology are softening the impact of an otherwise sluggish economy. For the complete story, please visit Light Reading’s web ...

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