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.
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More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
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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 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.
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.
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?