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 Suggests No Joint Bidding for Largest Carriers
The FCC wants to prevent the country's Tier 1 operators from filing joint bids in future spectrum auctions. The FCC recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking covering the matter, and is looking for comments on its belief that powerful carriers shouldn't be allowed to collude on spectrum purchases.
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 to Fix Auction Bidding Rules for Designated Entities
The FCC is moving forward with plans to alter how companies use designated entities in spectrum auctions and qualify for discounts. The existing rules have been under fire since the close of the AWS-3 spectrum auction wherein Dish Networks won $13 billion in spectrum by bidding through smaller entities.
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.
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