AT&T’s James Cicconi makes a blunt, straightforward, and to the point assessment of Sprint’s position that the Federal Communications Commission should structure reverse auction rules in such a way as to send spectrum the way of Sprint. In short he argues it’s not how real competitive markets are made and I agree.
The Federal Communications Commission should not pick winners and losers. Such an activity taints the very notion of a free market. To prevent a license transfer between two companies on the flawed notion that the market would be less competitive is bad enough. To put members of an industry at a disadvantage in the name of making a market competitive is not good economics.
In addition, why should the FCC be in the business of prettying up Sprint for a sale to SoftBank? Holding more spectrum, the airwaves necessary for moving cellular phone calls all over the nation, makes Sprint a more valuable acquisition. It makes for good business to grab more access to that electromagnetic field running around planet Earth, but it doesn’t make good public policy for the FCC to show that type of favoritism.