"At some point -- and that time is coming -- regulators and politicians are going to have to acknowledge they have a choice to make: They are going to have to decide whether the communications industry, the fundamental driver of the information economy, is going to be regulated by true, healthy competition or by the government," he said. Meena described in his speech how consolidation in the wireless market over the past several years has resurrected the old Bell monopoly of the 1980s and created it anew in the wireless industry through AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which together control more than 70 percent of the wireless subscribers in the U.S.
"Humpty Dumpty has been put back together again," he said, "And while the identical twins sometimes agree to meet and discuss industry issues with other industry players, they seldom, if ever, support action that might better the industry as a whole."One of the main issues for these carriers is ensuring that competitive carriers get access to wireless spectrum, Network roaming and device interoperability are also important matters for these carriers, Smaller carriers such as C Spire have complained that they've been shut out of the 4G LTE market since some of their valuable spectrum is design series hard shell case for apple iphone 6 plus and 6s plus - morroccan pink not compatible with spectrum used by AT&T and Verizon for their 4G LTE build-outs..
Executives on the panel acknowledged that the Federal Communications Commission appears to be open to addressing some of their competitive concerns. For example, in the agency's recent review of the spectrum deal between Verizon Wireless and a consortium of cable operators, the agency encouraged Verizon to sell some spectrum to a competitor. But the executives said the agency could have done more. Specifically, Linda Martin, COO of Immix Wireless, said she had hoped the FCC would have forced Verizon to accept interoperability device requirements. And Atlantic Tele-Network's Prior said he wanted the FCC to go further in requiring Verizon to divest more of its spectrum holdings.
"It was good that Verizon voluntarily divested some of its wireless spectrum," he said, "And that benefited one of the CCA members (T-Mobile), design series hard shell case for apple iphone 6 plus and 6s plus - morroccan pink But why didn't the FCC force them to give up spectrum to some rural carriers? The big two carriers are sitting on large amounts of spectrum [in] some markets that they aren't using, while smaller players are scraping by."But how far should the FCC go in ensuring competition? And how many competitors are needed in any market? The competitive carrier executives didn't have definitive answers to these questions..
"We need to have a level playing field before we can say how many are enough," C Spire's Meena said. "We know what happened in the first 20 years of the industry where we have had many healthy competitors."Indeed, the U.S. has evolved into the largest and most robust wireless market in the world. Meena and his fellow executives say they want to make sure that momentum continues for the next 20 years and beyond. "There remains a false hope among too many carriers that the duopoly will one day become reasonable," he said during his speech at the annual meeting. "But we all know, whether we choose to admit it or not, that until all competitive carriers become fully committed to work together for open competition, the wireless industry playing field will remain harmfully tilted toward the duopoly. They will never give an inch unless and until they have to do so."At a confab hosted by the newly branded Competitive Carrier Association, rival wireless operators say AT&T and Verizon are stifling competition and call on regulators to adopt policies to preserve a level playing field.