FCC Approves Various AT&T Spectrum Acquisitions
The Federal Communications Commission today approved a slew of spectrum acquisitions proposed by AT&T over the course of the last few months. The FCC reviewed the proposals en masse, rather than individually. Now that it has the FCC's permission, AT&T stands to gain licenses covering 608 cellular market areas in the Wireless Cellular Service and Advanced Wireless Service spectrum bands. Together, these spectrum blocks cover 82% of the U.S. population in the lower 48 states. After its review, the FCC concluded that the spectrum purchases would not be harmful to consumers on a local or national level, nor decrease competition in the industry. It believes, as AT&T argued, that the acquisitions would put to use spectrum that is being underutilized. AT&T plans to use the AWS and WCS spectrum to supplement its LTE 4G network around the country. AT&T is purchasing the spectrum in parcels from Comcast, Horizon, NextWave, and the San Diego Gas & Electric Company. The purchase prices and closing dates for the individual acquisitions vary and have not been specified.
Sprint Complains to FCC Over Proposed Spectrum Screen
Sprint submitted a proposal to the Federal Communications Commission this week in response to the FCC's suggested spectrum screen reforms. The FCC established spectrum screens to help it weigh how much spectrum is owned by wireless network operators in a given market.
Sprint, T-Mobile Want FCC to Eye AT&T's Spectrum Spree
Sprint, T-Mobile, and others want the FCC to "carefully scrutinize" a number of AT&T's proposed low-band spectrum acquisitions. AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to purchase 700MHz spectrum from a range of small companies around the country.
FCC Approves AT&T Spectrum Purchase from Kaplan
The FCC has given Kaplan Telephone Inc. permission to sell several spectrum licenses to AT&T.
Verizon Sees No More Big Spectrum Grabs In Its Future
Verizon today said it doesn't believe it will need to make any more large spectrum acquisitions following the results of the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction. Verizon netted 181 spectrum licenses at a cost of $10.4 billion.