AT&T Doesn’t Care for the 600MHz Auction Rules – May Not Bid

Posted by at 12:20 pm on April 17, 2014

AT&T indicated to the Federal Communications Commission this week that it disapproves of proposed rules for the upcoming incentive auction for 600MHz spectrum.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has floated a plan that would reserve spectrum in each market for companies that don’t already have low-band spectrum.

Thanks to its 700MHz spectrum holdings, AT&T would be restricted from bidding in about 70% of U.S. markets for the 600MHz spectrum. Wheeler’s proposal has yet to be officially implemented, but AT&T’s Joan Marsh said, “If the restrictions as proposed are adopted, AT&T will need to seriously consider whether its capital and resources are directed toward other spectrum opportunities that will better enable AT&T to continue to support high-quality LTE network deployments to serve its customers.”

If AT&T doesn’t participate in the auction, it could hinder the FCC’s goal of generating money to build a public safety network. The FCC is scheduled to vote on the incentive auction rules by May.

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