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AT&T(s T) wants the Federal Communications Commission to steer clear of setting policies for the spectrum auction process and leave it up to Congress, according to a blog post filed by AT&T’s chief lobbyist Jim Cicconi. The position comes as somewhat of a surprise, since one would think the last thing a major telecommunications company would want is to leave its critical airwave future in the hands of Congress. But here’s what’s behind AT&T’s latest public policy power play.

Cicconi, AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President — External and Legislative Affairs, wrote on the company’s blog Friday:

“We applaud the chairman’s continuing support for incentive spectrum auction legislation, which is vital to consumers and to our Nation’s economy. We are troubled, though, that the chairman and some of his staff are now saying that the FCC, and not the United States Congress, should have full power to impose conditions, and to…

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