In announcing the end of its effort to acquire T-Mobile USA, AT&T again emphasized the need for access to "additional spectrum" as a continuing issue, including AT&T's pending acquisition of spectrum from Qualcomm.
“Adding capacity to meet these needs will require policymakers to do two things," said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. "First, in the near term, they should allow the free markets to work so that additional spectrum is available to meet the immediate needs of the U.S. wireless industry, including expeditiously approving our acquisition of unused Qualcomm spectrum currently pending before the FCC."
"Second, policymakers should enact legislation to meet our nation’s longer-term spectrum needs," Stephenson said. AT&T abandons effort to buyT-Mobile USA