SpectrumCo to FCC: T-Mobile Can't Have It Both Ways


Cable operators took aim at T-Mobile in an FCC filing Thursday. They joined with Verizon to ask the FCC essentially to dismiss T-Mobile's opposition to their proposed sale of advanced wireless spectrum to Verizon Wireless.

In a response to T-Mobile filings, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House (SpectrumCo) and Verizon Wireless said T-Mobile was contradicting statements it had made "only months ago" when it was pitching the FCC on its proposed sale of spectrum to AT&T, which the FCC blocked.

T-Mobile told Congress that the wireless market is very competitive and would remaining "fiercely competitive" even after the combination of two of the top four wireless carriers, they point out, and T-Mobile also said that wireless licensees were not hoarding. Now, they said, T-Mobile was saying that consolidation of spectrum by large carriers "may reduce the motivation for efficient use of the spectrum" and that they have incentive to "hoard a scarce resource."

T-Mobile cannot have it both ways, they say, and ask the commission to give no credence to what it characterizes as parroting claims it recently dismissed.