By Lawrence R. Krevor, Vice President - Spectrum, Legal and Government Affairs

May 15, 2014
“We appreciate the Commission’s diligence in creating an auction structure that fosters competition and recognizes the special competitive utility of low-band spectrum.  By establishing market-based reserves, the 600 MHz Incentive Auction rules enhance the ability of small carriers to bid on critical low-band spectrum.

“We are disappointed, however, that in revising its spectrum screen the Commission did not recognize the varying impact of commercial spectrum bands on broadband competition.  As a result, the revised spectrum screen will not help the Commission identify transactions that warrant a more detailed competitive analysis.    

“We will fully review the decisions announced today to determine Sprint’s next steps.”