In a letter filed with the FCC, fifty-six entities that encompass wireline and wireless carriers of all sizes outlined their objections to proposed rules that envision a free nationwide broadband network in the advanced wireless services (AWS)-3 band. Signed by AT&T, Inc. and T-Mobile USA, the letter targets proposed rules, championed by M2Z Networks, Inc. and FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, that would require the future winner of the AWS-3 license to reserve 25% of its spectrum capacity for free broadband services. Other signatories include regional wireless carriers MetroPCS and United States Cellular Corp., wireless association CTIA, wireline trade group CompTel, the Rural Telecommunications Group, and the National Telecommunications Cooperative Alliance. While characterizing the proposal as “well intentioned,” the groups told the FCC that “requiring the AWS-3 licensee to provide a broadband service for ‘free’ . . . will not benefit consumers and may harm the very consumers it purports to help.” In support of that claim, the signatories observed that, “given the limited revenue opportunities in the required service tier, the licensee will have little incentive to make investments in the ‘free’ service, thereby defeating the Commission’s purpose.” The letter warned further that, “the prospect of competing with ‘free’ service could drive other service providers out of the targeted service tier, actually reducing the choices and availability of consumer services.” As a consequence, “the Commission will have created disincentives for other competitors to build out systems providing broadband service at a time when it should be fostering broadband competition.” Arguing that the letter “turns the FCC’s mission on its head by seeking protectionist industrial policy to safeguard incumbent business plans,” M2Z proclaimed that the letter “has no merit.”