Verizon Asks FCC to Use Spectrum Screen in Sprint Review
Verizon Wireless has filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission requesting that it use its spectrum screen when considering Sprint's proposed acquisition of Clearwire. When reviewing spectrum sales, the FCC looks at each market affected by the transaction and weighs whether or not the transaction will give the purchasing entity too much spectrum in that market. It usually only looks at transactions concerning spectrum below 1.0GHz. As part of its acquisition of Clearwire, Sprint will gain control over its vast 2.5GHz spectrum holdings. Sprint believes the spectrum in question doesn't require the FCC to use its spectrum screen, but Verizon disagrees. The FCC has not yet weighed in on the matter.
U.S. Carriers Share Galaxy S9 and S9+ Launch Plans and Pricing
All four major carriers in the U.S. plan to sell the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ beginning in March.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.
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.
AT&T Taps East Kentucky Network for 700MHz Licenses
AT&T has filed paperwork with the FCC hoping to gain permission to purchase three Lower 700MHz C Block licenses from East Kentucky Network. The licenses in question cover 20 counties in three Cellular Market Areas across regions of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.