AT&T wants the FCC to know that they are concerned about the upcoming reserved spectrum auction. In their eyes, other carries may “manipulate bidding.”
Over the last few years, the FCC has put together rules that allow for smaller wireless competitors to bid on and win spectrum in markets typically dominated by AT&T/Verizon.
AT&T and Verizon have been outbidding rival companies during spectrum auctions for years in the hopes of hoarding as much spectrum as possible. In the last spectrum auction, AT&T spent years crying about how the new rules (allowing smaller carries to bid on a small amount of spectrum in select markets) would cripple them….then spent nearly $20 billion on new spectrum while the FCC collected a record $44.9 billion from telecom companies.
AT&T followed this auction up by complaining about how Dish Network had won $13 billion worth of spectrum. Apparently, AT&T is outraged at the notion of other companies completely going nuts at spectrum auctions.
Then AT&T told T-Mobile to stop complaining about the amount of spectrum that AT&T bought.
Now? AT&T is complaining about the rules for the next auction. AT&T is specifically worried that the smaller carriers may increase the price of spectrum that AT&T is bidding on.
Joan Marsh, AT&T’s vice president of federal regulatory affairs, spoke on June 29 with Howard Symons, vice chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force. Marsh thinks the FCC’s current proposals “create both the incentive and ability for reserve-eligible bidders to manipulate bidding in a manner that suppresses bid amounts in the reserve auction while bidding up prices in the unreserved auction.” – FierceWireless
How dare those smaller companies try to compete against AT&T!