FCC to Revise Cross-Carrier Spectrum Sales
The Federal Communications Commission today indicated that it plans to review how much spectrum a single wireless network operator should be allowed to own in any given market, how much of that spectrum is below 1GHz, and how carriers sell or divest spectrum to one another. The five commissioners will circulate a policy proposal, which will likely be voted on September 28. At that point, the FCC will seek input from the wireless industry and public before putting together a final set of revised rules. Both AT&T and Sprint welcomed the FCC's review, as they believe the current rules don't appropriately account for the performance differences that some spectrum (700 - 900MHZ) has when compared to other spectrum (1700 - 2100MHz). The review process will likely take several months to complete.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
FCC Suggests No Joint Bidding for Largest Carriers
The FCC wants to prevent the country's Tier 1 operators from filing joint bids in future spectrum auctions. The FCC recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking covering the matter, and is looking for comments on its belief that powerful carriers shouldn't be allowed to collude on spectrum purchases.
FCC Commish Uses Sprint As Launch Point to Bash Auction
Following Sprint's decision to skip next year's 600MHz incentive auction, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had harsh words for the FCC's plans. "Sprint's decision highlights the folly of the FCC's attempt to pick winners and losers before the auction begins," said Pai, in reference to the rules being assigned to the auction.
FCC Wants Input On Reverse Auction Rules
The FCC today adopted a Public Notice regarding the reverse auction for 600MHz television spectrum, currently scheduled to take place in early 2016. The FCC wants input regarding the auction's specifics, such as how it should set opening prices, what its spectrum targets should be, and how best to measure the impact of potential interference.
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