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AT&T Looking to Buy AWS Spectrum from Stelera

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Feb 11, 2014, 3:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

AT&T Mobility and Stelera Wireless have filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission seeking consent to transfer spectrum licenses from Stelera to AT&T. According to the FCC, Stelera acquired the licenses in 2006 at auction but later filed for bankruptcy. AT&T believes the transfer is in the public interest because it will put the spectrum to use to bolster its LTE 4G network. If approved, AT&T will gain 10 to 20MHz of AWS-1 A Block spectrum from Stelera in 55 counties in nine Cellular Market Areas across parts of Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. If the deal goes through, AT&T will hold a total of 56 to 180MHz of spectrum in the CMAs involved, including 20 to 50MHz of AWS-1 spectrum. No dollar value was placed on the spectrum transfer. Verizon Wireless filed a similar request with the FCC regarding Stelera's other spectrum licenses last year.

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bobc74

Feb 11, 2014, 7:13 PM

Interesting.

While Verizon and at&t continue to gobble up spectrum from smaller and/or now defunct regional players with the full blessing of the FCC, the possible Sprint/T-Mobile merger is getting the cold shoulder. Seems to point to the possibility the FCC would rather only have a duopoly instead of 4 carriers, doesn't it?
The spectrum it's out there getting wasted, I'm glad someone it's willing to invest and put the spectrum to work,
Sprint, T-Mobile etc.. Can all bid, make offers or whatever for spectrum from owners willing to sell it off.
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While Verizon and at&t continue to gobble up spectrum from smaller and/or now defunct regional players with the full blessing of the FCC, the possible Sprint/T-Mobile merger is getting the cold shoulder. Seems to point
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Yup. Verizon and AT&T are the companies which actively participated in constructing the "big brother machine" during the last decade. True story. BBC ran a documentary about it, basically they installed a central computer with viewing access to the fu...
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