Some of you may know that T-Mobile’s CEO, John Legere was in Washington this week meeting with the FCC about the spectrum auction that’s slated for early next year. Legere has been petitioning to get the FCC to have fair rules in regards to this auction. Why? Well it’s simple actually. AT&T and Verizon have basically all the low-band spectrum, and they have a ton of cash as well. Which makes it easy for them to outbid the smaller guys like T-Mobile and Sprint, and even US Cellular. T-Mobile wants it to be fair for everyone. They aren’t petitioning for the FCC to just give it all to T-Mobile, but to have fair rules.
The outspoken CEO, who recently was ranked #14 by Glassdoor as one of the most liked CEO’s with 93% of his employees approving of his work, recently put out a new Vlog. Legere is always entertaining, but I must say, a fired up Legere is even more entertaining. You can watch the full Vlog down below.
Legere actually does a good job of explaining why the 180 million users in the country should be worried about “dumb and dumber” (Legere’s names for AT&T and Verizon) trying to squeeze out the smaller guys. And that this isn’t just about T-Mobile and its customers. We’ve seen AT&T and Verizon continue to raise prices, and if they win big at this auction, that’s likely to continue. Legere also states that this is the last auction for low-band spectrum for the next few decades. He also explains exactly what spectrum is, and why it’s important. Which is important for those that are not in the industry like us, and may not know what spectrum is, or why low-band spectrum is better than the 2.5GHz spectrum that Sprint has.
Another important piece to take away from this is that Legere states in rural America, many are stuck with AT&T or Verizon (of course he used different words for them), but if T-Mobile can get their way, they’ll bring competition to rural America. Again, explaining that low-band spectrum means better coverage, which also means coverage in the sticks where Verizon and AT&T currently dominate. You can take action by going to Save Wireless Choice’s website. And make sure your voice is heard by the FCC.