Is Dish Cheating Consumers?

The Heartland Institute quotes ACI in an article on Dish Network’s entities and their alleged collusive and coordinated bidding at the last FCC wireless broadband auction. Dish, a $15B in revenue company, may succeed in having its two bidding entities qualify for a 25% small business discount on the last auction.  The auction result is bad for consumers and taxpayers.  […]

ACI in Forbes: The Spectrum Shortage Is Coming

The booming demand for wireless services continues to be big news and it should be. A recent report estimates 2014 total wireless subscriber connections to have topped 355 million, along with nearly 2 trillion text messages and more than 4 trillion megabits of wireless data traffic. The brisk rise in smartphone users, increase in video streaming and […]

DOJ’s Twisted Logic: Rigging Auctions Promotes Competition

It is with total disbelief that I write about a recent letter from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the rules for the upcoming “competitive” Spectrum auction. In the letter, the DOJ – the United States’ chief antitrust and law enforcement agency – writes in support of […]

ACI in the Daily Caller: Spectrum Auction Shenanigans

Dish Network and T-Mobile are reportedly in talks about a possible merger, a move motivated by Dish’s recent acquisition of wireless broadband spectrum at the AWS-3 spectrum auction. Dish and T-Mobile’s potential consolidation poses significant detriments to consumers, wireless service providers and the government, when placed in the larger context of Dish’s potentially anticompetitive behavior. […]

The Hill’s Congress Blog: America’s Obsession With Spectrum

Consumers are using wireless communications services at a torrid pace.  These services’ 336 million subscribers use wireless connections to make conventional voice calls, send texts, and get access to a host of Internet websites, including educational information, government services, news, games and video entertainment, business and employment-related services, and specialized health systems, to name a […]

ACI in the Daily Caller: $3.3 Billion That Belongs To The Public

In the FCC’s recent incentive auction for spectrum, a total of $41 billion was bid.  As expected, the winning bidders tended to be enormous, but this time, exceedingly small Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless LicenseCo stood out. Both have affiliation with Dish Network, the satellite TV outfit with revenues of $14.6 billion and a market […]

Behemoth Pretends to be a Small Business

AWS-3 was an auction for 65 megahertz of broadband spectrum that wrapped up at the end of January.  The winning bids drew a total of $45 billion for spectrum that is largely occupied by government agencies and TV channels.  Money from the winning bids will pay to help them move, will fund a new first […]

ACI in the Hill’s Congress Blog: Getting more Wi-Fi Spectrum

A number of reports have estimated the economic benefits of broadband services, such as wireline and licensed wireless services, and their contribution to consumer welfare and creation of the jobs in the U.S. economy. That much is clear. However, a recent study shows that even unlicensed spectrum produces sizable benefits. The takeaway – policymakers and […]