FCC Changes Spectrum Bidding Rules
Apr 12, 2006, 1:10 PM by (staff)
The FCC today voted to change the spectrum bidding rules before the Advanced Wireless Services auction on June 29. At the behest of many public interest groups as well as smaller carriers, the FCC has decided that bidding will be kept anonymous unless a lot is so desirable that there is significant competition for it. While large carriers and the CTIA were against blind bidding, many public interest groups as well as the Justice Department had wanted a totally blind auction. This compromise, proposed by T-Mobile, is meant to prevent large carriers from colluding on bids in order to to prevent small or emerging carriers from entering a market. The FCC has yet to vote on whether large carriers will continue to be able to bid on lots through small carrier partners, which are eligible for a 25% discount on final bids. It is unlikely this partnership will be allowed to continue.
FCC Keeps Auction Reserve at 30 MHz
The FCC today finalized its proposed rules for next year's 600 MHz spectrum auction and kept the reserve for smaller carriers at 30 MHz. T-Mobile and others petitioned the FCC to raise the reserve to 40 MHz, but FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler believes the 30 MHz cap offers plenty of opportunity for those who may bid.
FCC Embraces New Auction Rules for Designated Entities
The FCC today formally adopted a Report and Order that makes changes to how small businesses participate in spectrum auctions. The changed rules are a response to Dish Networks' use of designated entities to place bids on its behalf in the AWS-3 auction earlier this year.
FCC Likely to Reject Dish's Auction Discounts
The FCC is prepared to reject Dish Network's $3.3 billion in auction discounts, reports the Wall Street Journal. Dish used three smaller companies to place bids on its behalf.
FCC Denies Dish $3.3 Billion in Auction Discounts
The FCC has officially and unanimously rejected Dish Network's $3.3 billion in AWS-3 spectrum auction discounts. Dish used three smaller companies, in which it owned an 85% stake each, to place bids on its behalf.
FCC Commish Uses Sprint As Launch Point to Bash Auction
Following Sprint's decision to skip next year's 600MHz incentive auction, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had harsh words for the FCC's plans. "Sprint's decision highlights the folly of the FCC's attempt to pick winners and losers before the auction begins," said Pai, in reference to the rules being assigned to the auction.
IF ANY1 CARES!
I think this a exellent idea, it will give the small emerging companys that have a chance to get as big as sprint, tmobile and cingular a fighting chance to obtain the means to do so..at the same time it will stop a
SOUNDS LIKE A GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY
hopefully T-Mobile US will get most of spectrum
good for both (win-win)
way 2 save t-mobiles @$$
making it easier for them. what next charity for the t-mobile 3g fund