The "lesson learned" should be that the FCC should force any bidder on an auction to use-it or lose-it on spectrum within 18 months. Additionally they should require companies to provide FACTUAL DATA on their spectrum shortages before even allowing them to participate in an auction. This spectrum hoarding was on the verge of destroying any competition in the US.
Side note for those who don't know the term, MVNO stands for Mobile Virtual Netwok Operator.
This is especially true in urban areas where land is at a premium and it's easier to put some transceivers on another structure like a building or water tower.
Source: an enterprise Cingular sales rep whom later worked for Motion Computing.
There also used to be a spot on I-80 between SF and Sacramento where AT&T phones routinely dropped calls.
the wireless industry has large "natural" barriers to entry (like capital costs) on top of some regulatory and legal ones, which makes it tend toward oligopoly/monopoly. the government has done nothing to create a free and open market here. we shouldn't be patting them on their back, however lightly, for forking over shovel-fulls of cash to their cronies in the industry.
"U.S. Wireless Industry is finally going to be unregulated so they can do whatever they want", FCC says.
Look to major mergers occurring now. Look forward to increased cellular bills. Look forward to less reliable wireless. Look forward to more throttling. Look forward to more bandwidth caps.
You will receive no benefit from FCC's position unless you own large shares of the wireless companies.
How much is $10 a month for someone on an Indian salary?
Edit: just realize you said technical reasons. Yes I agree there is no technical reason. :)
The course of events here are very straightforward and clear in a way that's extremely rare where corporate actions are concerned. There's very little doubt that the FCC's actions preventing AT&T from acquiring TMobile has led to a significantly better wireless environment for US customers and Republican appointees, especially Ajit Pai, were on the wrong side of that decision.
It's even right there in the article, Some say the finding could spur merger activity
"The U.S. wireless industry is finally competitive. Time to fix that!"
I want to get off Mr. Capitalism's Wild Wealth Concentration Ride...