T-Mobile CEO John Legere made an appearance at the FCC to brag a little and urge the Commission to act on a couple of items.
According to an ex parte filed with the FCC that describes Legere’s meeting with Chairman Wheeler and a number of other regulators, Legere gave an update on his company and discussed “the impact T-Mobile has had on competition in the industry for the benefit of consumers.”
But Legere also wanted to talk spectrum, emphasizing the unique value and importance of those low-band airwaves sitting idle until the incentive auction begins in early 2016.
Legere lobbied for expanding the spectrum reserve to promote competition and consumers’ interests by allowing competitive carriers to “finally secure meaningful access to low-band spectrum that is largely controlled by the two dominant incumbents.”
He also argued that further delays of the incentive auction would only benefit adversaries AT&T and Verizon.
“He said the 600 MHz incentive auction should not be delayed because doing so would only benefit AT&T and Verizon, which hold approximately 73 percent of the low-band spectrum today,” wrote Kathleen O’Brien Ham, T-Mobile’s vice president of regualatory affairs, in the filing.
Legere said that low-band spectrum is “the key to T-Mobile taking competition to the next level against AT&T and Verizon,” and would allow his company to offer more “Un-carrier initiatives to even more consumers.”