You may attribute the following to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory:
“To meet soaring consumer demand for mobile Internet services and to maintain a robust platform for innovative mobile services, rational spectrum policies and bold action are vital. The spectrum-related items adopted by the FCC today represent significant progress towards reaching these important goals.
“Wireless carriers need a clear and reliable understanding of when and under what circumstances spectrum acquisitions will be permitted, something we do not have today. With today’s FCC action, spectrum policy can now be taken out of merger-specific proceedings, placed in an industry-wide, open and transparent proceeding, and ultimately subjected to judicial review.
“And equally important is bringing new spectrum allocations to market and maximizing carrier participation in auctions to ensure that they are successful. We look forward to working with the FCC to free up new spectrum bands for mobile broadband services.”