Harbinger's 4G Plan Has Verizon and AT&T Crying Foul
So it's not too surprising that both Verizon and AT&T are already publicly complaining about aspects of the FCC's approval.
Specifically, the country's two largest wireless companies are objecting to FCC rules that require "SkyTerra to seek approval before leasing capacity to 'the largest or second-largest wireless provider,' a condition Harbinger had proposed," Bloomberg notes. The FCC designed these rules to promote new competition in wireless, which is a central tenet of the FCC's new broadband push.
"A Very Disturbing Precedent"?
As GigaOm's Stacey Higginbotham reported, "traffic from the largest and second-largest wireless carriers in the U.S. cannot comprise more than 25 percent of the traffic over the SkyTerra/Harbinger network. This means AT&T and Verizon could not buy up huge chunks of the network or spectrum to keep others off of it."