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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday March 27 2014, @02:44PM   Printer-friendly
from the follow-the-money dept.

Angry Jesus writes:

A rare auction of valuable frequencies has sent the big four carriers on a lobbying spree that may determine who controls your cell phone. Verizon and AT&T want the FCC to remove restrictions that limit the amount of spectrum any one single buyer can purchase, making the size of the bid the only consideration, and they've surreptitiously commissioned academic research they can use to back-stop their claims of why that would be a good thing. T-Mobile and Sprint have hired their own set of think-tanks to do the same for the opposite position, but they don't have as much money as the two big companies have to spend on "useful idiots" who agree with their positions but not necessarily their goals.

Behind all of these machinations lies the larger question are spectrum auctions and the attendant spectrum oligopoly even in the public interest at all?

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 27 2014, @04:11PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 27 2014, @04:11PM (#22102)

    Good job completely ignoring the second link! Congrats on using fatalism to support corruption.

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