Mobile Broadband Competition

Peter Cramton: Lessons from the Canadian 700 MHz Auction

Peter Cramton, a lead architect of the Canadian 700 MHz auction, discusses how low-band spectrum aggregation limits in the United States will promote wireless competition"

Peter Cramton Paper      
Ex Parte Letter  

Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable Voices Support for Spectrum Aggregation Limits

Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable joins the DoJ in encouraging the FCC to place pro-competitive aggregation limits on low-band spectrum.

Spectrum Aggregation Limits Consensus Principles

Diverse group of wireless carriers, industry associations and public interest group, agree on four foundational principles of spectrum aggregation policy that will help consumers, spur competition, stimulate investment, and accelerate wireless innovation.

Canada's 700MHz Auction Raised Record Revenues with Spectrum Aggregation Limits in Place

Competitive Carriers Association encourages the FCC to look at the success low-band spectrum aggregation limits had in encouraging participation and raising robust revenue in Canada’s 700MHz auction

CCA Press Release
Ex Parte

The Wireless Wars

Allan Holmes discusses AT&T and Verizon’s lack of transparency as they portray “pay-for-play” research as objective and non-partisan.

Why spectrum caps matter

Economics professor Peter Cramton discusses why the future of a competitive and innovative wireless industry rests on incentive auction rules that bring the most possible bidders to the table

Washington State Attorney General Calls for Competitive Auction Rules

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson encourages FCC Chairman Wheeler to adopt auction rules that "prevent excessive concentration of spectrum ownership."

Reasonable Spectrum Aggregation Limits Can Help Spur Competition, Investment and Innovation

Competitive Carriers Association shares success metrics of spectrum aggregation limits in Canadian low-band spectrum with the FCC.

Ensure Competition, Innovation and Consumer Choice

Recognize Unique Spectrum

600 MHz spectrum is especially valuable because of its ability to propagate over long distances and penetrate building interiors, resulting in better service for customers and greatly reduced deployment costs for carriers. Carriers need a combination of high- and low-band spectrum to be competitive.

Maximize Available Spectrum

FCC policies should maximize the amount of spectrum available for competitive and innovative mobile broadband use.

Facilitate Broad Participation

An inclusive auction benefits all parties and enhances auction revenue. A broad array of bidders from national carriers to regional and rural wireless providers need to find value and opportunity to ensure the largest participation possible. Carriers with significant nationwide low-band spectrum holdings cannot be allowed to foreclose the ability of competitors to bid on important and scarce low-band spectrum.

Demand Device Interoperability

Competitive services and prices can only be achieved if full interoperability across all 600 MHz blocks is mandated, allowing all carriers to benefit from efficiencies of scale with handset providers and other technology partners.

Historic Opportunity

This auction may be the last opportunity to ensure sustainable competition in the wireless industry as no additional low-band spectrum will be made available for the foreseeable future. Consumers cannot afford to have another sweep by the two largest companies in this auction.