U.S. Cellular Voices Interest in Verizon's 700MHz Spectrum
U.S. Cellular has indicated to the Federal Communications Commission that it is interested in purchasing spectrum currently being offered by Verizon Wireless. Verizon said it would sell its A and B block 700MHz spectrum providing the FCC approves its purchase of 122 AWS license from SpectrumCo. U.S. Cellular said it thinks Verizon's spectrum sale could help other carriers that hold Class 12 spectrum licenses in the 700MHz band. U.S. Cellular also told the FCC that it would allow the spectrum to be sold to AT&T or even built out by Verizon Wireless itself, as long as the resulting LTE network is compatible with the Band Class 12 networks run by U.S. Cellular, C Spire Wireless, and others. Whatever the outcome of Verizon's A and B block spectrum offering, U.S. Cellular implored the FCC to mandate interoperability in the 700MHz band so that it can strike 700MHZ LTE roaming agreements with AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
Samsung Makes Deepsea Blue Note8 Available to U.S. Consumers
Samsung today said it will sell the Deepsea Blue color variant of the Galaxy Note8 smartphone in the U.S. Since launch, the device has only be available to U.S.
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.
C Spire Looking to Nab 700MHz Spectrum
C Spire Wireless is hoping to buy some Lower 700 MHz C Block spectrum from Waller Wireless. The companies recently filed the request with the FCC.
Verizon Might Skip 600MHz Incentive Auction
Verizon Wireless said it is comfortable with its spectrum holdings at the moment and may not bid in next year's auction for 600MHz airwaves. Verizon is only using 40% of its licensed spectrum for LTE, which gives it plenty of room to add capacity.
FCC Relaxes Rules Governing 800 MHz Spectrum
The FCC this week made it easier for carriers to add LTE to their 800 MHz spectrum holdings. Rules concerning the 800 MHz band (CDMA Band Class 0, LTE Band 5) have been in place since 1981 and limit how much power carriers can use to transmit wireless signals across those airwaves.
Please, sir, I want some more......
I think it's unwise to express an interest in a product that may or may not be for sale, especially in Verizon's case where the FCC is more than likely going to shut things down. This story is a prime example the sm