AWS Auction To Proceed As Planned
Jun 30, 2006, 12:41 PM by (staff)
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has turned down a request to stay the FCC's 3G auction. A few small companies had filed suit because of recent changes to the designated entity rules that would prevent small companies from bidding on spectrum for large carriers. The small carriers that were protesting claimed that the new rules would make it difficult for them to get financing to participate in the auction and that they no longer helped the small companies they were designed to protect. The court found these claims were not enough to stay the auction since a majority of bidders in the AWS auction qualified as designated entities and the large majority of those companies had not complained. The auction will begin on August 9 with new rules regarding blind bidding and designated entities in place. There is still a chance the court could revisit the new designated entity rules at a later date.
Dish's Designated Entities Under Attack
More organizations are piling on the designated entities that Dish Networks used to bid in this year's AWS-3 spectrum auction. Rather than bid directly, Dish had three small companies, in which it has an 85% stake, bid on its behalf.
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.
AT&T Proposes Caps for Designated Entities
AT&T and a handful of other carriers today asked the FCC to consider a new way to define designated entities and small businesses in spectrum auctions moving forward. The proposal follows Dish Networks' use of designated entities — or small companies — to bid for spectrum in the AWS-3 auction on its behalf.
Evening the playing field...
maybe you should have left a comment about the razr...that usually starts up a mad conversation....