In an op ed last week, CCA again called for auction limits to “prevent the two dominant wireless carriers from blocking competitors’ access to low-frequency spectrum.” The problem, according to CCA, is that AT&T and Verizon control a significant portfolio of low band spectrum. CCA also alleges we were “handed” our 850 MHz allocations “free of charge” (despite the fact that the vast majority of our current 850 MHz licenses were acquired for significant value on the secondary market).
Finally, CCA alleges that we “want to keep other cellphone carriers (including, presumably, CCA members) from getting access” to low band allocations. CCA specifically identifies three member companies – Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, Cellular One – that “are anxious to further expand in rural America, and they need low-frequency spectrum to do so.”
As with so many arguments in the high band/low band spectrum debate, these arguments are made without much reliance on facts. So, let’s look at some relevant facts, starting with the three member companies CCA identifies in support of their argument:
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