It looks like Congress may be headed to signing off on a payroll tax extension. Unfortunately for broadband consumers, the package includes allowing the Federal Communications Commission the flexibility to impose on large carriers, such as AT&T and Verizon, conditions designed to ensure competition should carriers win bids for broadcast spectrum.
Allowing larger companies to bid is the appropriate approach this legislation should take. I’m still not comfortable with a regulatory agency creating conditions that ensure competition. If those conditions were to give Sprint and T-Mobile, two companies that have taken mismanagement to a new level, some additional advantage, you may as well keep more efficient and better managed carriers from bidding for spectrum.