House of Reps Wants Verizon's Spectrum Plans Examined
U.S. Representatives Henry A. Waxman and Anna G. Eshoo have requested that the Energy and Commerce Committee hold a hearing to allow for a discussion of the implications of Verizon Wireless's proposed AWS spectrum acquisition and 700MHz A- and B-block spectrum sale. In a letter sent to Reps. Fred Upton and Greg Walden, who chair the Energy and Commerce Committee, Waxman and Eshoo argue that it is important for proponents and opponents of the dealings to voice their opinion on the matter. "These transactions have potential implications for competition within the wireless industry. Regional carriers continue to report difficulty reaching roaming agreements with national carriers and assert these transactions will further consolidate Verizon's market power over roaming agreements. Some of these carriers have suggested Verizon's proposed sale of 700MHz A- and B-block licenses may create new impediments to achieving interoperability and contravene the FCC's stated goal" of promoting the interoperability of devices using the lower 700MHz band. Verizon announced on April 18 that it would sell its A- and B-block licenses if the FCC allows it to purchase 122 AWS licenses from a consortium of cable companies.
from Representatives Waxman & Eshoo
FCC Spells Out Spectrum Screen Policies
The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Report and Order with respect to spectrum screens and how'll they'll be used in upcoming spectrum auctions and other spectrum transactions. Moving forward the FCC will stick to its one-third rule, meaning the FCC will analyze on a case-by-case basis transactions that might result in a wireless provider owning more than one-third of the available spectrum licenses in a given market.
AT&T and Pine Cellular Seek to Swap Spectrum Leases
AT&T and Pine Cellular have asked the FCC for permission to lease one another's spectrum. AT&T wants to snag a leased license in the Lower 700MHz B Block in parts of Arkansas from Pine.
AT&T Taps East Kentucky Network for 700MHz Licenses
AT&T has filed paperwork with the FCC hoping to gain permission to purchase three Lower 700MHz C Block licenses from East Kentucky Network. The licenses in question cover 20 counties in three Cellular Market Areas across regions of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.
FCC Gives KanOkla Permission to Sell Spectrum to AT&T
The FCC has approved AT&T's proposed acquisition of several spectrum licenses from KanOkla Telephone Association. The transfer includes one Lower 700 MHz C Block license and the partial assignment of a second Lower 700 MHz C Block license, for a total of 12 megahertz, covering parts of two local market areas in Kansas and Oklahoma.
But consumers choose them. 100,000's are leaving Tmo each qtr.