T-Mobile CEO John Legere, fresh off a trip to Washington, is hoping to get the public on his side in the debate over whether to increase the size of the spectrum reserve in the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction.
In a post on T-Mobile’s website, Legere proclaimed, “If you’re not pissed off, you’re not paying attention.”
“Spectrum is valuable, and there is a finite amount,” Legere declares in a video that accompanies the post. “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.”
Legere’s message comes with a call to action, asking that consumers tweet at the FCC to relay his message. Legere’s post comes as Sprint and T-Mobile last week announced a rebel alliance of sorts to thwart AT&T and Verizon from garnering more low-band spectrum.
The nation’s third- and fourth-largest carriers, along with a number of rural carriers and consumer advocacy groups, have launched a website that aims to increase the FCC’s reserve of 600 MHz spectrum in the upcoming incentive auction.
The new website features letters written to the FCC by T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray, as well as one by Charter, among others. There’s also a call to action, where visitors to the website are asked to make their voices heard via a form letter addressed to the FCC.
Check out the full profanity-laced rant from Legere below:
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