As you likely remember, Google was pushing the FCC to ensure the winner of the 700 MHz auction permitted open access to devices. Verizon was vocal about this being a bad idea but AT&T was more quiet. Now it may seem the reason AT&T was quiet had to do with the fact they were in the process of purchasing alternate spectrum from Aloha Partners.
This was a smart move by AT&T. An impressive strategy. What is most interesting perhaps is the nation’s largest phone company hasn’t actually decided on what they will do with this newly acquired spectrum.
Only in telecom do companies spend billions of dollars on things they aren’t sure how they will use. 🙂