Originally Posted by mountains
I think a lot of people in these threads are missing the problem carriers are facing: 700 MHz and AWS spectrum isn't exactly free, or easy to come by. While ATT acquired 1.9bn worth of spectrum from Qualcomm recently, there's a lot of regulatory pressure to stop carriers from acquiring spectrum; the T-Mobile deal was a major spectrum acquisition among other things, but it fell through. Things aren't as simple as wishing you had better network infrastructure, or even just throwing piles of cash at the problem.
I'm not saying that more spectrum isn't nice to have, but I don't see the correlation between service providers throttling "heavy" data users, or imposing data caps because of a spectrum availability issue. If you want to talk about the ability to support more numbers of users on a single network in terms of spectrum availability, that's one thing, but when a user has all the bandwidth speed they can possibly use up until their hard/soft cap, and then get throttled, and then their speed is choked by the provider because they hit their data cap, that's not a spectrum availability issue at all, it's just the provider imposing an arbitrary limit in order to collect overage fees.