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Here's how AT&T will try to avoid choking on the iPhones of

The phone in your pocket relies on airwaves to push bytes back and forth. The problem is, many say we’re running out of airwaves. The FCC thinks so. Carriers do, too. If you’ve ever been unable to tweet from Times Square, you might have felt the pinch firsthand.

Carriers are constantly jockeying to control more of those airwaves, both for the capacity they provide and as an investment — spectrum is power. Today, the FCC announced that it approved the transfer of some 608 spectrum licenses to ATT, covering roughly 82 percent of the population in the contiguous 48 United States. That’s a lot of spectrum. But today, as an ATT subscriber, it doesn’t do you any good. You can’t connect to it with your phone, tablet, or laptop. In fact, you won’t be able to use it for several years to come… and that’s assuming everything

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