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Group urges FCC to boost small players in spectrum auction

2015-04-28 10:23 by
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A group of carriers and advocacy groups called Save Wireless Choice Coalition pressures the FCC to increase the size of the spectrum "reserve," or the licenses set aside for smaller carriers in the upcoming 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum auction.

Currently, the amount of spectrum specifically reserved for smaller carriers is 30GHz and the organization wants the FCC to increase it to 40GHz to "benefit the consumers for decades to come." The group also urges the FCC to proceed with the auction in early 2016 without any more delays, after having already postponed the event from mid-2015 as was originally planned.

"Creating an adequate reserve of quality spectrum for companies who don't already own more than 1/3 of the low-band spectrum in any given market will go a long way toward leveling the playing field for a competitive market that will benefit consumers for decades to come," the coalition said in a statement.

Members of the organization are: T-Mobile, Sprint, Dish Network, and C Spire, as well as Computer & Communications Industry Association, Consumer Federation of America, Engine, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association.

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