In his latest vlog published just a few hours ago, John Legere pleads with American wireless consumers not to let AT&T and Verizon (Dumb and Dumber) get in the way of a competitive low-band spectrum auction. As you almost certainly know by now, T-Mobile is due to take part in a 600MHz spectrum auction next year. If successful, T-Mobile could land some valuable low-band spectrum to help expand its coverage in to rural areas and build a stronger network with better building penetration.
The FCC already changed the rules last year to reserve a portion of the spectrum for carriers/companies who don’t currently own a lot. Sadly, it still left a huge amount unreserved spectrum which will almost certainly go to the big two carriers. Since last year’s decision, T-Mo’s been pushing the Commission to make even more spectrum available. The logic is that Verizon and AT&T already have so much low-band goodness, why help them grab more when carriers like T-Mobile could mount a serious competitive challenge by winning a bunch?