T-Mobile CEO wants you to get angry about wireless spectrum auctions2015-06-12 10:29 by Daniela
T-Mobile CEO John Legere wants U.S. consumers to care about broadband spectrum. He asks them to "make some noise," and reach out directly to the FCC.
In a blog post titled "If You're Not Pissed Off, You're Not Paying Attention," Legere explains how important the spectrum is for connecting people to the internet. He then expresses his concerns about the upcoming FCC auction for low-band spectrum. According to Legere, "Big and Bigger" (AT&T and Verizon) are doing their best to persuade the FCC commissioners to change the rules so that smaller players are not able to get that low-band spectrum.
"There's some serious shit about to go down in D.C., and if you're one of the 180 million Americans out there using a smartphone and you're not pissed off right now, then you're not paying attention — but you need to," Legere said, kicking off his case for why Verizon and AT&T shouldn’t be allowed to potentially run the table.
"They don't give a damn about you, or about making this industry better," Legere says. "They just want to jack up your bill and line their pockets. It is the same old crap, on a different day.""AT&T and Verizon have deployed an army of lobbyists to gang up on these five FCC commissioners in hopes of controlling wireless access to the Internet here in the US. They want to dictate the decisions that will help them dominate the wireless industry going forward and you're going to pay the price," writes Legere in the blog post.
T-Mobile, in particular, needs low-band spectrum to expand its rural coverage. Low-band spectrum is also necessary for improving indoor coverage, which is important to all the carriers.
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