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.
Alcatel Announces the Idol 5S with Stereo Speakers
Alcatel today marked the debut of the Idol 5S, the latest in its flagship series. Like its predecessors, the 5S features an aluminum frame, curved glass front and rear surfaces, powerful stereo speakers, and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
Coral Blue Galaxy S8 and S8+ Go On Sale In US July 21
Samsung today said the Coral Blue variant of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets will become available to U.S. buyers starting July 21.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
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.
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