The CTIA, representing the US wireless industry, has responded to Google's attempts to have the 700MHz auction rules rewritten - unsurprisingly coming out in favour of maintaining the status quo. 700MHz is coming up for auction in the US next year, and Google said it was prepared to spend $4.6bn if the FCC changes the rules, …
Pot, meet kettle
And if CITA gets its way, won't the normal cast of characters be getting a subsidy? They won't have any real competition, therefore raising the rates that subscribers pay.
The European Model is Better
As an American living in Paris, I can attest that the European model of requiring the incumbents to fully open their networks to new players works quite well. There is more competition here and much high broadband penetration than in the States. The problem with the States is the mindless Free Markets philosophy, which is based more on ideology and protecting the Status Quo than on a close scrutiny of the facts. In the telecommunications and health care industries, the European models win hands down. Pragmatism should be the decisive factor, not ideology.
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