Verizon Wireless Challenges FCC Auction Rules
Sep 13, 2007, 3:01 PM by (staff)
Claiming that the rules set forth for the upcoming FCC 700 MHz auction violate the law, Verizon filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of Appeals to challenge the FCC to change them. The FCC recently agreed that one-third of the airwaves set for auction in January be open to any device and any service, so long as the network is not harmed. AT&T, Google, Skype and others supported the FCC proposal, but Verizon feels the open access stipulation is a threat. Neither the FCC nor Verizon commented on the matter beyond the complaint itself.
FCC Finalizes 30MHz Reserve for 600MHz Auction
The FCC today formally rejected T-Mobile's bid to set aside more low-band spectrum for smaller carriers in next year's 600MHz auction. T-Mobile wanted to see a total of 40MHz of the valuable low-band airwaves set aside for carriers other than AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
FCC Likely to Side with AT&T and Verizon in Spectrum Fight
The FCC is close to making a final decision regarding how much spectrum to set aside for smaller carriers in next year's 600MHz auction and T-Mobile isn't going to be happy. The FCC has already set aside 30MHz of the airwaves in question for smaller carriers, thereby limiting how much spectrum AT&T and Verizon — the nation's two largest carriers — can acquire.
Justice Dept. Suggests FCC Limit AT&T, Verizon Auction Participation
Officials at the Justice Department are concerned AT&T and Verizon will dominate the upcoming 600MHz auction if more protections aren't put in place by the FCC. The agency filed a letter with the FCC this week suggesting the FCC give more weight to the concerns of companies such as Sprint and T-Mobile, which seek to limit AT&T and Verizon's participation.
FCC Sets 126 MHz Clearing Target for Reverse Auction
The FCC today announced it has set an initial spectrum clearing target of 126 MHz during the reverse part of the auction for 600 MHz airwaves. Television broadcasters have agreed to part with this spectrum.
FCC Commish Uses Sprint As Launch Point to Bash Auction
Following Sprint's decision to skip next year's 600MHz incentive auction, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had harsh words for the FCC's plans. "Sprint's decision highlights the folly of the FCC's attempt to pick winners and losers before the auction begins," said Pai, in reference to the rules being assigned to the auction.
Wow, you must be a lonely person traped working for an inferior company to have that much rage. Or maybe you're one of the innumerable consu...
If verizon doesn't want to play by the FCCs Rules...
Yes 700 get better penetration but verizon is doing just fine signal-wise without it. Work on not crippling every device on your network.
Verizon is worried about Google or Apple getting spectrum, as they should be. To sue the fcc shows their scared.
They do have a reason to challenge it and that is where Google and other companies can go against them to prove their case. We shall see what happens. W...
Verizon's not scared.... The cell business is already very competitve.
As far as "crippling" devices, LOL!!!!!!
The company doesn't "cripple" their devices as much as the consumers do!!!!...
Anyone care to explain for Verizon?
Yes Verizon, Let's kill small businesses, the heart of american society, and let the top dogs rules sepreme forever!
and the bs line that "the public owns the airwaves" is just that, bs. companies that buy the spectrum own it, and should be able to do with it what t...
It's more crap from Verizon
Verizon constantly advertises as having "the best network" (it is good) , but somehow doesn't care about having good devices to access it. Usually some crap from Korea makes up their high end, or whatever Audiovox fished out of the dumpster. Sprint customers get more out of Verizon's network than Ver...
at&t has some awesome plans as well, who else lets you call any bellsouth(at&t now) landline as well as all the mobile customers for free? on a national standpoint small MNVO's excluded.
Ummm, let's see.... VZW vs FCC
Hmmm, I wonder who will win this one...
I saaaaaaaaaaay...NOT Verizon?