Major Air to Ground Auction Winner Is Cellular Friendly
Jun 2, 2006, 2:32 PM by (staff)
The FCC's auction for two air-to-ground licenses in the 800 MHz spectrum has finally closed. AirCell, which won the larger 3 MHz lot, currently provides voice and data services, including cell phone use, to private planes and other small craft. They hold a number of patents on making cell phone calls from planes. It is possible that they will use this new spectrum to provide cellular service on commercial planes, however they are not allowed to comment on how the spectrum will be used, and the FAA still has not cleared cellular phone use on aircraft. The smaller one MHz block was won by JetBlue's LiveTV.
FCC Bestows More 600 MHz Licenses
The FCC today granted licenses for 600 MHz spectrum to those companies that placed winning bids during the incentive auction, which concluded earlier this year. The FCC has already distributed some of the 600 MHz licenses, including some to T-Mobile.
T-Mobile, US Cellular Named FCC Incentive Auction Winners
The FCC today marked the official end of the incentive auction for 600 MHz airwaves. The agency said 50 wireless companies bid a cumulative $19.8 billion on some 70 MHz of spectrum that was put on offer by 175 television stations.
AT&T Ditching its Band 71 Licenses
AT&T is selling $1 billion worth of recently-acquired radio spectrum licenses to an obscure Virginia company, according to documents filed recently with the FCC. The spectrum in question is all (or nearly all) of the 600 MHz (band 71) licenses that AT&T acquired in an FCC auction just one year ago.
T-Mobile Says It Will Start Using 600 MHz Spectrum This Year
"T-Mobile now has the largest swath of unused low-band spectrum in the country," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere about the company's 600 MHz auction winnings. The company successfully won an average of 31 MHz (ranging between 20 MHz and 50 MHz) of the 70 MHz low-band spectrum auctioned off by TV stations and the FCC.