CCA Wants FCC to Lump Together AT&T's Spectrum Purchases
The Competitive Cellular Association has requested that the Federal Communications Commission bundle together its reviews of separate spectrum acquisitions proposed by AT&T. AT&T has submitted several such proposals, and is seeking blocks of 700MHz, AWS, and WCS spectrum in a handful of markets around the country. The CCA argues that when viewed individually, these purchases don't appear to pose any harm to consumers. When viewed together, however, they reveals AT&T's attempt to further concentrate its spectrum holdings. "Allowing the largest carriers to obtain unlimited amounts of spectrum on the secondary market raises serious competitive concerns," said CCA President and CEO Steven Berry in the organization's filing. "The only way for the FCC to truly see the devastating consequences of further spectrum aggregation is by consolidating the proposed applications." AT&T maintains that each transaction is unrelated to the others and involves different companies in different regions of the country. The FCC has not made a decision on the CCA's request.
CCA Concerned About FCC's Reserve Spectrum Trigger
The Competitive Carrier's Association has asked the FCC to drop a rule regarding when it will split bidding in the forthcoming 600MHz incentive auction into unreserved and reserved airwaves. The CCA argues the trigger proposed by the FCC will have a negative impact on the auction.
AT&T Says T-Mobile Opposing Spectrum Deal On Principle
T-Mobile and the Competitive Carrier Association are asking the FCC to deny AT&T's proposed acquisition of 700 MHz B Block licenses from Club 42. AT&T first filed its request with the FCC last year and now says T-Mobile and the CCA are trying to sink the deal for no good reason.
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 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.
Verizon/ATT vs CCA
Verizon has enough spectrum nation wide to have 4 national networks, while AT&T does not have enough for 2 complete national networks. Although they have in major cities enough spectrum to have 3 networks (even though in places like New York they have to refarm some spectrum to bolster the LTE network).