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FCC Should Consolidate its Review of AT&T’s License Applications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      Contact: Lucy Tutwiler

June 9, 2011                                                                                                               (202) 449-9866

 

FCC Should Consolidate its Review of AT&T’s License Applications

 

Washington, DC – Today, in a joint motion to consolidate, CCA (Competitive Carriers Association), Cincinnati Bell Wireless, LLC, MetroPCS Communications, NTELOS, Sprint Nextel Corporation, and Rural Telecommunications Group, encouraged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) to consolidate its review of the AT&T/Qualcomm application proceedings, the AT&T/T-Mobile application proceedings, and a series of 44 other proposed license applications.  In the series of 44 proposed license assignments and transfers, AT&T seeks to acquire 700 MHz licenses that total to an amount of spectrum exceeding that of the Qualcomm transaction.  AT&T’s requested applications will negatively impact consumers and substantially harm competition.

 

In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “It is clear that the 44 proposed license transaction applications are part of AT&T’s overall campaign to hoard additional spectrum, especially ‘beachfront’ 700 MHz licenses.  AT&T already has more spectrum than every other carrier, much of which is still not being used, and there is no reason why AT&T cannot build out the spectrum it already owns.”

 

Berry continued, “Allowing AT&T to add even more spectrum to its current warehouse will be detrimental to competition in the industry and will harm other competitive carriers.  I strongly urge the Commission to review the 44 license applications, the AT&T/Qualcomm and the AT&T/T-Mobile proceedings together to look at the big picture of how AT&T plans to take over mass amounts of spectrum and push competitors out of the industry.  The result will be fewer competitors, fewer choices and one big duopoly!”

 

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