FCC Approves AT&T's Alltel Acquisition with Conditions
The Federal Communications Commission today approved AT&T's proposed acquisition of spectrum and assets from Atlantic Tele-Network's Alltel properties. The deal, first proposed earlier this year, gives AT&T wireless spectrum licenses in the 700, 850, and 1900MHz bands, network assets, retail stores, and 620,000 subscribers in markets sprinkled throughout the mid-west. However, the FCC has placed conditions on the deal. "Based on our analysis, we find that the proposed transaction will likely cause some competitive and other public interest harms in several local markets. We find, however, that the proposed transaction is likely to result in public interest benefits that, when combined with voluntary commitments from AT&T, will mitigate our competitive concerns. AT&T's voluntary commitments in the areas of network deployment, roaming, and customer transition allow us to conclude that the proposed transaction overall is in the public interest." In order to win the FCC's approval, AT&T had to commit to launching HSPA+ and LTE service across the new spectrum assets within 15 months and 18 months, respectively, of the transaction closing date. AT&T also committed to offering CDMA voice and data roaming services over the Alltel 3G EV-DO network until at least June 15, 2015. Last, AT&T committed to offering Alltel's customers a handset comparable to their existing handset at no cost and without requiring a contract extension. AT&T will have to file quarterly progress reports covering these commitments for the next three years.
C Spire Looking to Nab 700MHz Spectrum
C Spire Wireless is hoping to buy some Lower 700 MHz C Block spectrum from Waller Wireless. The companies recently filed the request with the FCC.
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.
AT&T Says T-Mobile Opposing Spectrum Deal On Principle
T-Mobile and the Competitive Carrier Association are asking the FCC to deny AT&T's proposed acquisition of 700 MHz B Block licenses from Club 42. AT&T first filed its request with the FCC last year and now says T-Mobile and the CCA are trying to sink the deal for no good reason.