The Wall Street Journal: In U.K.’s 4G Auction, A Missed Opportunity For Real Competition

It is hard not to feel some sympathy for Ed Richards, chief executive of the U.K. telecom regulator Ofcom. His name was widely tipped as the next director general of the British Broadcasting Corp., a job that went to an internal candidate.

Instead, he has been left to sort out the Gordian Knot that is the U.K.’s 4G spectrum auction, a task even Alexander the Great’s sword would have failed to achieve.

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