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Sprint Takes on the Big Dogs

At the Competitive Carrier’s Association this week, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure shared his idea to team up with the smaller carriers to take on AT&T and Verizon in next year’s 600 MHz broadcast incentive auctions. Claure said the idea is “potentially form a coalition and to go at this spectrum together.” At the lunch panel on Wednesday, the same concept was discussed about working together to compete against the “duopoly that is AT&T and Verizon.”

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Fri, March 27, 2015