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US: FCC on the defense over spectrum auction caps

 |  April 25, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission is defending its decision to set aside spectrum for smaller wireless competitors in its upcoming auction, following threats from industry leader AT&T that it would refuse to participate in the bidding should such a plan be implemented.

Reports say FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has defended the plan as necessary for a “robustly competitive” auction, which is set for next year. The FCC will reallocate TV broadcaster spectrum to resell it to wireless companies, but plans to limit the amount of spectrum top competitors AT&T and Verizon can snatch up.

Reports say the two market giants currently own about two-thirds of the most demanded spectrum.

Full content: The Hill

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