AT&T takes issue with Genachowski on FCC's auction authority

01/15/2012 | Hill, The · · Adweek

AT&T on Friday pushed back against Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski's defense last week of the agency's authority in doling out wireless spectrum. The carrier issued a statement that took issue with Genachowski for endorsing legislation that would maintain the FCC's authority over the conduct of spectrum auctions. "For the FCC to assert in the name of 'fostering competition' that it should have final say on which companies can bid on spectrum is for them to engage in picking winners and losers," said Jim Cicconi, an AT&T senior vice president, adding that Congress, rather than the FCC, should establish the auction rules.

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