Thursday, March 20, 2008

700 MHz: Surprise! No Surprises!

It was a fairly big disappointment to read the initial report from the FCC that the 700 MHz auction was indeed dominated by Verizon Wireless and AT&T. Secretly we hoped a new national challenger would emerge like Alltel...or even Google. But it is not to be.

At first blush we were saddened at the prospect that these new wireless channels will only make the big, bigger. But, in this case, being held by the 2 largest carriers means there will be a greater chance of construction of an actual new network, and less of a Nextwave-like owner who is long on ideas, but short on cash.

And all this new spectrum becomes available in less than one year, right after all our nice, old analog TV's go dark. Won't it be great to replace all those 19-inch TV screens with a nice, bright 2-inch screen? Now that's progress!

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