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FCC Changes Spectrum Bidding Rules

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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.

more info at Reuters »
more info at Wireless Week »



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IF ANY1 CARES! WILLPHASE Apr 12, 2006, 2:00 PM
hopefully T-Mobile US will get most of spectrum mingkee Apr 13, 2006, 2:42 AM
way 2 save t-mobiles @$$ sowhatsowhat10 Apr 12, 2006, 3:35 PM
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