reply to BiggA
Re: Bull They're a huge company, new equipment is not different than upgrading old stuff. They part some radios in markets with millions of people and they make money. And it's way cheaper than launching a satellite into orbit. Digital radios and antennas connected to that new fangled internets, it's not magic even though you are sold on it being super complicated and expensive.
AT&T doesn't want competition so they are whining about the possibility of some that isn't in the telco business. They'd rather see some penniless startup with buzz word filled press release that is destined to fail than a successful multi billion dollar business enter the market.
Say no to JAMS!
The barriers to entry are massive. No one has ever built a nationwide network before. AT&T and Verizon were pieced together out of many small, pre-existing companies.