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.
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.
Dish Unhappy About FCC's Position On Auction Discounts
Dish Networks has confirmed the FCC plans to deny it $3.3 billion in discounts on spectrum licenses. Dish used three small companies — called designated entities — to place bids on its behalf during the AWS-3 auction earlier this year.
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.
Evening the playing field...
maybe you should have left a comment about the razr...that usually starts up a mad conversation....