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.
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 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.
Masayoshi Son Would Consider Selling Sprint Spectrum
SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son indicated he'd be willing to sell some of the company's 2.5GHz spectrum assets to keep Sprint funded. Sprint gained a massive amount of 2.5GHz spectrum holdings when it purchased Clearwire.
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.