Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Wireless Competion under the Radar by the US Senate

Today the Senate will convene a panel of experts to discuss the state of wireless competition in America.

Regulators are calling to “level the playing field”. Two carriers in particular AT&T and Verizon are running away from the pack, due to their monopoly spectrum holdings.

As a result the resulting imbalance in competition can be remedied, by capping the spectrum holdings of the larger carriers and steering newly available spectrum to smaller carriers.

Any relative improvement in the smaller carriers’ networks would attract more customers, which would reduce wireless concentration. The same voices calling for intervention also cite that more competition brings on  lower wireless prices.