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. There is a cap on the amount of spectrum any one carrier can own in a given market. The FCC uses the screen to assess mergers and acquisitions. At present, the screens do not include Sprint's 2.5GHz spectrum, which it acquired from Clearwire last year. The FCC wants to change the screen so Sprint's 2.5GHz airwaves are included. If this happens, Sprint will exceed the allowable amount of spectrum in most markets around the country, which could effectively preclude it from acquiring more spectrum. Sprint argued that weighing all spectrum (low-, mid-, and high-band) equally puts it at a disadvantage compared to AT&T and Verizon, which would have lots of headroom to purchase more spectrum. It proposes that the FCC weigh the low-, mid-, and high-band spectrum ranges separately, which would put all four national carriers on more even footing. "By treating all spectrum as equal for spectrum screen purposes, the staff’s recommendation undermines the consistency and sustainability of a 600MHz auction reserve and the overall spectrum holdings package," argued Sprint. "A three-tiered weighted screen would correct the staff recommendation's failure to recognize the relative utility of and resultant impact on competition of using different spectrum bands in wireless broadband networks." The FCC is scheduled to vote on the spectrum screen alteration on May 15.
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.
Sprint to Sit Out AWS-3 Auction
Sprint today confirmed that it will skip an upcoming spectrum auction. "Sprint has decided not to participate in the FCC's AWS-3 auction, but will continue to evaluate the opportunities presented by the upcoming 600MHz incentive auction," said Sprint spokesman Jeffrey Silva to Bloomberg.
T-Mobile Implores FCC to Set Aside More Low-Band Spectrum
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray filed a letter with the FCC asking it to raise the amount of spectrum set aside for competitive carriers in the forthcoming 600MHz reverse auction. The FCC has already agreed to reserve 30MHz of spectrum for carriers other than AT&T and Verizon.
FCC Likely to Side with AT&T and Verizon in Spectrum Fight
The FCC is close to making a final decision regarding how much spectrum to set aside for smaller carriers in next year's 600MHz auction and T-Mobile isn't going to be happy. The FCC has already set aside 30MHz of the airwaves in question for smaller carriers, thereby limiting how much spectrum AT&T and Verizon — the nation's two largest carriers — can acquire.
FCC Chair Says 5G Is a 'National Priority'
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to push the nation's 5G agenda forward this week by defining the spectrum that the wireless networks of the future will use. "I am circulating to my colleagues proposed new rules that will identify and open up vast amounts of spectrum for 5G applications," said Wheeler.
Cry me a river Sprint
Sprint really should have had the mother all of networks by now. It's ridiculous. They have ESMR too. What the phuck is their problem?