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.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
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.
FCC Spells Out Spectrum Screen Policies
The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Report and Order with respect to spectrum screens and how'll they'll be used in upcoming spectrum auctions and other spectrum transactions. Moving forward the FCC will stick to its one-third rule, meaning the FCC will analyze on a case-by-case basis transactions that might result in a wireless provider owning more than one-third of the available spectrum licenses in a given market.
FCC to Count Sprint's 2.5GHz Holdings In Spectrum Screens
The Federal Communications Commission plans to adjust the way it accounts for the spectrum holdings of companies when calculating spectrum screens. The government typically limits companies to owning one-third or less of the spectrum in any given market around the country.