AT&T threatens to boycott a critical airwave auction2014-04-17 10:05 by Daniela
Tags: AT&T, airwave, FCC
AT&T has warned it may have no choice but to pull out of a major government auction of the airwaves if the Federal Communications Commission doesn't change some of the rules. The airwaves in the 600MHz band are set to be auctioned next year, and the FCC seems to plan putting restrictions on the biggest carriers. The restrictions could limit the amount of money the auction takes in but help prevent AT&T and Verizon from further dominating the US wireless market.
Withdrawing from the auction would deal a huge blow to the FCC, which needs to raise enough money from the auction to pay for, among other things, a congressionally-mandated next-gen wireless network dedicated to first responders. That system alone is expected to cost $7 billion.
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