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.
FCC Approves AT&T Spectrum Purchase from Kaplan
The FCC has given Kaplan Telephone Inc. permission to sell several spectrum licenses to AT&T.
FCC Greenlights AT&T Spectrum Deal
The FCC has approved AT&T's request to purchase two Cellular A Block licenses and microwave point-to-point spectrum from Cellular Properties Inc. The spectrum covers 11 counties and parts of two Cellular Market Areas in Illinois.
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.
T-Mobile Trying to Block AT&T's 700 MHz Purchase
T-Mobile has filed a petition with the FCC in an attempt to prevent AT&T from purchasing select 700 MHz spectrum licenses. AT&T filed a request to transfer the licenses, which cover portions of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, last month.