FCC Extends Review of Verizon Spectrum Deal by 3 Weeks
The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is extending the informal 180-day review period of Verizon Wireless's proposed AWS spectrum purchase. According to the FCC, Verizon Wireless and its cable partners were slow to produce requested materials and missed an FCC deadline by three or more weeks. Further, third parties have complained to the FCC that Verizon is dragging its feet with respect to document requests. Thus, the FCC is adding 21 days to the informal review period of the transactions, which will total 201 days now instead of 180. The FCC does not anticipate that there will be any more delays. Verizon hopes to purchase 122 AWS spectrum licenses from a consortium of cable companies.
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.
FCC Awards Spectrum Licenses to AWS-3 Bidders
The FCC today officially granted some winning bidders in the AWS-3 spectrum auction the licenses allowing them to take ownership of the airwaves. The AWS-3 spectrum auction concluded earlier this year, with AT&T, Dish Networks, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless the top four bidders.
FCC Says T-Mobile Can Buy Verizon's 700MHz Spectrum
The Federal Communications Commission has approved T-Mobile's proposed purchase of 700MHz A Block spectrum from Verizon Wireless. T-Mobile is paying Verizon $2.4 billion for the airwaves, and is also giving Verizon some PCS and AWS spectrum in return.
T-Mobile and Verizon Agree to Another Spectrum Swap
T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless have petitioned the FCC for permission to swap AWS and PCS spectrum licenses in 92 counties and/or 41 Cellular Market Areas around the country. The companies propose to switch spectrum licenses, but not cellular assets or customers.
FCC Proposes Spectrum Screen Changes
The Federal Communications Commission today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will see changes made to how it uses spectrum screens to weigh spectrum auctions and sales. The FCC wants to see low- and high-band spectrum put to use more evenly around the country by a wider range of companies.
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