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AT&T’s Spectrum Aggregation Raises Serious Competitive Concerns

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September 25, 2012                                                                                                                 (202) 449-9866

AT&T’s Spectrum Aggregation Raises Serious Competitive Concerns

FCC Should Consolidate its Review of AT&T’s Proposed Transactions

Las Vegas, NV – Today, in a petition filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission), the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) again urged the Commission to consolidate its review of AT&T’s various proposed license acquisitions.  Additionally, CCA requested the Commission adopt the appropriate conditions in the event it grants AT&T’s proposed acquisition of 700 MHz and AWS-1 spectrum from CenturyTel.

In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “Allowing the largest carriers to obtain unlimited amounts of  spectrum on the secondary market raises serious competitive concerns.  The only way for the FCC to truly see the devastating consequences of further spectrum aggregation is by consolidating the proposed applications.  On their own, AT&T’s proposed license acquisitions may not seem significant, but when added together, it totals to a significant amount of spectrum.”

Berry continued, “Should the FCC decide to approve the transactions, it must impose conditions to ensure interoperability across the Lower 700 MHz band and to ensure data roaming – both are absolutely essential ingredients to a healthy, competitive marketplace.  Competitive carriers need access to useable spectrum, and I urge the Commission to carefully review the negative impact these transactions will have on the wireless marketplace.”

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