The people who are better off travel, and want the coverage of Verizon or AT&T.
I usually support government regulation, but It is unfortunate that the government over-regulated and killed the AT&T/ T-Mobile Merger
The best explanation of the pricing nutiness in the industry.
Why Sprint and T-Mo will always suck.
The only way to end the pricing insanity is to eliminate contracts and subsidies.
I want Wifi calling on AT&T.
If you text while driving, you're an idiot. End of story.
They certainly aren't, we're all rural up here, the nearest "Metro" area is 70 miles south in Santa Rosa, pop.150,000.
http://www.isu.edu (Idaho State University)
I think this assertion that T-Mobile and Sprint and all the other tier 3, 4, ... carriers do not compete with ATT and VZW is nonsense. They may not compete for your business, but they do compete for other people's business. If all the carriers other than ATT and VZW closed tomorrow - and I mean closed tomorrow, shut their doors and turned off the lights, do you think that those millions of people would not have a mobile phone? Perhaps families with 5 T-mobile lines would go to 3 ATT lines, but there is no way you could pry the phones out of the hands of 50 M people like that. Where would those subscribers go? Walkie-talkies or CB radios? They compete and exert enormous pricing pressure on the tier 1 carriers and that is why ATT wanted to buy T-Mobile.
The FCC killed it because the politicians wanted it dead. One of the most verbal opponents of any merger that is proposed is Herb Kohl. It is to be said US Cellular's parent company, TDS, is headquartered in his home city of Madison. I can guarantee you that if USCC gets bought he'll be more than happy to support that merger. Kohl is showing his dangerous delusion in calling for AT&T to be blocked from buying 700 MHz spectrum. This will show a direct effect on AT&T's ability to provide data speeds competitive to Verizon in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami.
It has nothing to do with political parties, BTW. It's about who butters his bread. His thinking on the AT&T aspect of a potential sell-off has me seriously considering writing letters to his office along with the offices of Senators Durbin and Kirk as they are the Senators in my home state, as well as the office of Senator Lee of Utah who missed the point about the fact that an extra 5x5 LTE spectrum block will double speeds three of the largest cities in the US, increasing competition. I am directly affected as a constituent as I frequently travel to Chicago.
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Fiber backhaul for Verizon in Southern Illinois in 2013 - about time.
I’m just going to start by throwing this out there: ATT and VZW are both basically the original Ma Bell and stronger than ever. It’s a duopoly and ATT alone is one of the top companies in the world. These two companies (along with the other ‘tier 2’ carriers) collude with each other on pricing and you all well know it. They have almost exactly the same pricing and any time a fee or such is added, the others add it within a year.
Now, this means they are basically a commodity (which they are), yet they don’t have commodity pricing and two year contracts are an INSANE thing for a commodity.
And to get back on topic and answer the OP’s questions, VZW wants that spectrum to control more of the market as any duopoly/oligopoly wants. I’ll exclude Tmobile since they really don’t have a lot of unused spectrum, but the other 3, bigger carriers sit on gobs of spectrum they DON’T DO ANYTHING with. VZW has the 700 pieces it isn’t doing anything with. It had AWS it hasn’t done anything with. Sprint botched the 2500 with Clear, which is a huge chunk of spectrum yet we have no network with it to speak of after years. ATT has misused so much of its spectrum and is now finally refarming old technology in places like NYC to finally get some decent coverage.
For capacity! It's a relatively simple matter to add AWS to the towers they already have, and an even simpler matter to source a phone that works on AWS as well as EDTE. EDTE stands for Every D--- Thing Else.
OK I made EDTE up, but all Verizon has to is overlay their network with some new antennas, and then call Apple, LG, Samsung, HTC, etc., and say "Hi, I need some phones that work on AWS and EDTE." They all say "okay."
Result: More bandwidth, fewer failed calls and slow connections due to an overloaded network.