FCC Chairman Kevin Martin’s Top Ten Predictions for the 700 MHz Auction:
# 10. AT&T will say the outcome proves network neutrality is not necessary.
# 9. Google will say the outcome proves network neutrality is necessary.
# 8. NAB will say the outcome proves the XM-Sirius deal should be rejected.
# 7. I will say the outcome proves the country needs à la carte.
# 6. Congress will spend the auction receipts 10 times over before we cash the checks.
# 5. No matter how fast the D Block licensee builds out the public safety network, Commissioner Copps will say it was too slow.
# 4. Even if AT&T and Verizon bid against each other, costing each other billions, Consumers Union will claim they conspired to rig the bidding.
# 3. No matter who wins the A, B, C, D, and E license blocks, they will all end up suing Vonage for patent infringement.
# 2. If anything goes wrong, I will blame the subprime mortgage crisis.
# 1. If anything goes wrong, everyone else will blame me.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!