Posted by: Joan Marsh on March 4, 2015 at 1:36 pm
Additional reactions to Auction 97 are emerging with everyone putting their own spin on the results.
First, in a blog, T-Mobile offered its view, calling the auction a disaster for U.S. consumers. Hard to figure how they can reach that result. The auction reallocated 50 MHz of valuable paired spectrum to the wireless industry – an allocation that T-Mobile itself has long advocated for. The spectrum is internationally harmonized and is already being standardized so it can be efficiently deployed to bring substantial additional data capacity to U.S. wireless consumers. And the auction proceeds will fully fund FirstNet, so the country will finally realize the promise of an interoperable public safety broadband network. These are all wins for the FCC, the wireless industry and the American public.
The Public Interest Spectrum Coalition also offered its own lessons, oddly casting the Dish entities as victims of the “continued dominance” of other bidders. But to believe them, you have to ignore the fact that the Dish entities won more licenses than any other bidder in the auction and have laid claim to a $3B subsidy from American taxpayers to boot.
Any serious analysis of the auction must be based on the facts of what actually happened in the auction – not fiction and not bluster about “twin bell” monopolies. Consider this an addendum to my last blog, with more lessons from the auction.