Are you a smartphone JUNKIE?
Do you like being able to CONNECT to the Internet anywhere, anytime?
Should wireless companies have to COMPETE for your business?
If you answered “YES!” to any or all of the above, you need to keep reading. Whether you’re a T-Mobile customer or not, you know that T-Mobile’s aggressive competitive moves have been driving change and raising the bar on customer service and wireless services for all consumers. In fact, recent research shows how more mobile competition could save Americans $20 billion per year!
But seriously, that competitive pressure is in jeopardy. What I’m talking about here is REALLY important. So important that I decided to take an extra step and shoot a vlog too. I want every wireless consumer to understand what is about to happen!
I was just in Washington, D.C., meeting with government leaders to talk about the future of the Mobile Internet. You know…the way 180 million Americans like you and me use our smartphones to connect to the Internet anywhere, anytime, every day. It’s become our way of life and it’s at risk. As I wrote back in February, there’s this thing called “spectrum,” the invisible wireless airwaves that transport information to the palm of your hand. It is the lifeblood that powers all of our wireless devices. Companies like T-Mobile buy this spectrum at government auctions so we can build bigger, faster and better wireless networks for our customers.
Spectrum is valuable, and there is a finite amount…. And right now, AT&T and Verizon are feverishly protecting their wireless duopoly by hoarding spectrum at the expense of American consumers. They are trying to control the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) like they do these airwaves, and I think it’s important that consumers really understand what is at stake.
At this very moment, the five people who run the FCC are getting ready to set rules for an upcoming auction of incredibly valuable low-band spectrum. They will determine just how much of this ultra-precious spectrum each company will be able to buy. And -- get this – the upcoming auction will probably be the last auction of its kind for decades to come.
AT&T and Verizon have deployed an army of lobbyists to gang up on these five FCC commissioners in hopes of controlling wireless access to the Internet here in the US. They want to dictate the decisions that will help them dominate the wireless industry going forward and you’re going to pay the price.
Funny thing is, Big and Bigger already control the vast majority of the US low-band spectrum – much of which was given to them by the government (for free!) decades ago -- and they want it to stay that way. Why? Because they know that keeping this low band spectrum out of the hands of competitors such as T-Mobile and continuing to control virtually all of it for themselves is their best weapon to prevent full and fair competition. They know that we challenge them in ways that benefit consumers every single day. They know that consumers want wireless options -- and when they have choices they leave in droves. And you know what else? They know we won’t let up. Ever.
If smaller competitors can’t get more spectrum in this auction, it could put an end to all that pro-consumer competitive pressure. Imagine what that would look like! Every consumer in America loses. You’ll face higher bills, stifled innovation, crappy customer service – all the usual AT&T and Verizon treatment! It would be a nightmare for American wireless consumers!
Don’t let this happen! Tell the FCC to fight for you! Give them the power to ignore the duopoly! Take 2 minutes out of your day and fight for your wireless future. Tweet at the @FCC or send a letter (it’s easy with this link).
Seriously. It’s time to level the playing field once and for all!
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