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The 700 MHz Device Subsidy Plan

April 6, 2012
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Could this be simply “Wireless Carterfone,” an attempt to re-live the glory days of 1969 when the courts and the FCC required interoperability for the telephone network? While that decision lead to cheaper and more plentiful fax machines, modems, and answering machines, it’s not really parallel to the situation we have in the rapidly-changing world of cellular technology. We have to think about how this mandate will affect the roll-out of 5G and 6G services as well as faster and better smartphones even if we can convince ourselves that it makes sense to have the national carriers subsidize the regionals.