Illogical Economics

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on March 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Yesterday, AT&T’s Jim Cicconi talked about federal spectrum policies while on a panel at the Brookings Institution here in Washington, D.C.  Although there was a question or two (ok, maybe a few more) about our recent announcement, panelists spent a good amount of time discussing the need for incentive auctions.

If you’re a regular visitor to our blog, you know that we’ve been talking for a while now about the critical need for sensible spectrum reform, and how broadcasters should become a part of the solution.

In case you weren’t able to attend yesterday’s event, below is a clip of Jim on why it doesn’t make economic sense to allow broadcasters to continue to sit on such valuable spectrum (which they got for free, btw).  He also asks, if broadcasters really need all this spectrum for over-the-air broadcasting, why do they also need must carry – government rules that require competing video providers to carry broadcasters’ signals?

Oh, and be sure to stick around after listening to Jim. Blair Levin has some interesting remarks on this subject as well…

Comments (5)

Those are all reasonable points. I forgot about the Supreme Court decision. The broadcasters would put a different slant on it. If not many broadcasters volunteer to go to auction, we might wish we had pushed harder to get a thorough spectrum inventory done.

Steve Crowley April 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

So what happens to all those relatively new digital TVs that were forced down the throats of customers? Was that a 5 year technology? What possible hope can you give us that the proposed replacement technology is not superseded in two years?

The customer is tired of throwing away perfectly good systems to buy the latest and greatest.

WJK April 14, 2011 at 8:08 am

Seams to me that this is exactly what they have been planing since the 80’s when cable lost there suit against there customers(when consumers won there law suit to be able to have more then one tv hooked up for a flat fee)to force every one to upgrade again and force US to pay for more then we want to watch and paid programing that was not only paid for by product sellers but by the customers that pay for programming. there there is comcast trick to resell that ad time that was originally sold to US Tax Payers for GOARMY.COM and then placed there MODEM AD OVER THEM! Or to resell charge you for a HD signal that you can get for free on an Antenna. for the last few years Big Cable has been fleecing the US consumer. Having you pay for infomercials that they have already been paid to air, and Up Scaling 480 to 1080 and then charging you for HD that is not real HD. Now they want more of OUR MONEY for some thing that should be free! Where is our freedom of information? Where are our antitrust laws? 7 years???? I use to receive programming from 3 different city’s But now the cable company claims the FCC has Regulated them, but if you pay just a little bit more you can get those channels back. ????? Comcast Claimed they had you covered daring the Digital Switch….what they real had planed was to be able to charge you for every tv to double charge you on there line backer and use the postal mail to defraud US. and to rent you a box that when you return it they would claim you never brought it back and if you didn’t get a receipt when you turned in your box you then owe them more money. AT&T’s gig is to upscale 480 signals then charge you for HD or to only hook up the composite video and bill you for HD. AT&T boxes seam to lock up often so you get to look at a black or blue screen or there LOGO. Or ever Have you pay for a 4G phone when they don’t even have a 4G tower in your area. Guess that why they really needed to Buy T-mobile. Here in michigan there is one one city that has 4G but you sure can buy a 4G phone at any store here in the state. Once again paying for something your really not going to get. Now they want to take away our free to air tv? when the power on there amps go down or a car hits there poll or box a tornado rip up the town we are with out news. With OVER THE AIR YOU STILL GET YOUR NEWS AND PROGRAMMING. THEY JUST DON’T GET PAID! Should we keep paying them for screwing US over and lying to US? That is what there hoping we will do. Where has our truth in advertising gone? O and Comcast just might claim like they did in Chicago they there fulfilled there obligation when there ran the background check when they hired the guy then turned around and sent there service guy out after her was just questioned in a rape and murder case to do it again! And I just happened to see on a state web site here that the cable company employees are exempt from licensing at state regulated sites????? Could this be true? I have to be back ground checked at least once a year and pay for it because my state is beyond broke. This must be another one of these Big Business Breaks! Endanger your customers and charge them more for services that they don’t provide, ahh to be a dreamer in the United States.

pissed off citizen April 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I’m sorry AT&T but your points are C-R-A-P. When you spend millions on metro areas and leave the rural areas struggling at dial-up speed your arugement that you need more bandwidth is the silliest aurgement that I’ve heard. Why dont you show your serious about this and give some broadband love to the rural areas before you whine and complain you dont have enough bandwidth.
p.s. dont try that “we dont have enough bandwidth” story to explain why rural areas are left out.

Glen Briggs April 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm

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AT&T Blog Team April 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm

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