Few would dispute that spectrum has played a key role in making it possible for AT&T and Verizon to acquire scale economies. These carriers, their trade association and sponsored researchers are very adept at reminding us how scale can translate into a win/win situation for the carrier and its consumers. I readily acknowledge that if you have a super-size demand for wireless service, U.S. wireless carriers can offer you the lowest per unit rates in the world. Of course this all you can eat pricing model does not apply to data of course which now has caps to prevent spectrum hogging.
It will interesting to see whether in the United Kingdom too big to fail major carriers whine, or have to compete more vigorously as a result.