But Verizon isn't alone. AT&T and Frontline also both petitioned the FCC to change the rules, each for reasons of their own.
AT&T is all bent out of shape about the nationwide public safety broadband network issue. I guess they don't want to have to build one. This flip-flop on AT&T's position comes after AT&T publicly supported the rules.
Frontline is fighting more of a David and Goliath battle. It was hoping the FCC would include a provision in the rules requiring spectrum license winners to resell the spectrum at wholesale value. Since that's not the case, Frontline feels the auction is now tipped in the favor or larger companies that can afford higher bidding limits.
What does all this add up to? Well, FCC Chairman Martin is acting post-haste to change the rules. Even though there is no immediate need to alter them (in fact, the public comment period just began), Martin is running around trying to pull together a "declaratory ruling" -- some little-used political device -- to get the rules changed so as to not put out the companies willing to spend up to $15 billion to buy the licenses.
You gotta love capitalism at work.