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T H E M E : I N N O VAT I O N N AT I O N Politics, Spectrum, and the Anti-Competitive Conspiracy By David Selzer, Director of Wireless Strategies, JSI Capital Advisors W ell, perhaps not a conspiracy, but an equally unsavory trend. Let’s just call it a number of coincidental factors fueling an increasingly anti-competitive market for wireless telecommunications services… The truth is that everyone knows the telecommunications industry is a virtual duopoly comprised of Verizon and AT&T, yet no one seems to really care. Not the FCC, the chairman who, at a recent industry conference, was referred to as the “cowardly lion” and whose agency approves every single transfer of control application submitted by either company. Not the Department of Justice, which has more than enough probable cause to investigate the anti-competitive behavior being perpetrated by AT&T and Verizon under the thinnest of veils. And certainly not the United States Congress, whose members are frequently accosted by industry lobbyists and are driven by an insatiable hunger for campaign funding. Nowhere is the duopolistic nature of the industry more evident than in the amount of low band spectrum (frequencies below 1.0 GHz) held by AT&T and Verizon Wireless (VzW) relative to all other spectrum holders. AT&T AND VZ SPECTRUM HOLDING RELATIVE TO THE TOTAL INDUSTRY The chart below outlines the spectrum bands, individual spectrum blocks and total MHz used for this analysis. The reason for choosing this subset of spectrum is that for those interested in pursuing a Commercial Mobile Radio Services business plan these bands are the most highly coveted from a total wireless ecosystem perspective. Simply put, ownership of this spectrum provides the best chance of creating a successful business. One of the more interesting facts about 700 MHz spectrum band is that VzW holds more than 50 percent of the Lower A-Block and about 15 percent of the Lower B-Block; VzW has very clearly stated that it is only developing equipment and terminals capable of operating on the Upper C-Block. Given that it seems virtually impossible that VzW will be capable of putting this spectrum into meaningful service prior to the first build out date, something seems amiss. Cellular 50 MHz Total PCS 130 MHz Total AWS-1 90 MHz Total 700 MHz 70 MHz Total 32 THE VOICE • • Spring/Summer 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The RCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2011

The RCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2011
2011 RCA Board of Directors/Staff
Chairman’s Letter
A Message from the President & CEO
More than Hype — Innovations in 4G, LTE, and Beyond
Industry Leaders of Tomorrow — Cellcom Partners with Local Schools to Provide Technology, Inspire Students
Cellular One Spearheads Private-Public Partnership for Broadband Services in East Central Illinois
Wireless Display Technology Helps Epic PCS Customers
The Continued Need for Interoperability: Bringing Jobs and Economic Growth to Rural America
Spectrum Reform Heralds New Business Opportunities
Politics, Spectrum, and the Anti-Competitive Conspiracy
Innovations in Wireless Marketing
Customer Communications Delivered
Regional Carriers: Leverage Existing Platforms by Seamlessly Adding New Services Through Bundling
The Opportunities of Inter-Standard Roaming
Android Firmware Innovations
The M2M Switch — Turning the Wireless Business Model Upside Down Disruptive Impact Redefi nes the ABCs, Evokes ICT History Lesson
Clearing up the Confusion: Managing Wireless Consumer Expectations
Index of Advertisers
Congressional Spotlight: Cong ressman Lee Terry

The RCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2011