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US: New leadership boosts chances for smaller wireless cos

 |  December 4, 2013

The Federal Communication Commission’s new chief Tom Wheeler recently offered his first policy address to announce his agenda for his time at the regulator, a plan that includes support for smaller wireless competitors.

Reports say Wheeler told the audience at Ohio State University Monday that one goal while at the FCC will be to ensure the smaller firms will have enough spectrum to adequately compete against major rivals. The remarks hint at his position on a controversial topic regarding how much spectrum companies should be allowed to buy at government auction.

Earlier this year, the US Department of Justice set off fierce debate when it set out auction rules to assure smaller wireless operators can acquire enough spectrum after finding they do not have adequate low-frequency airwaves.

The move was slammed by top competitors AT&T and Verizon, which spoke out against imposed caps on spectrum grabs.

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