AT&T, Frontline Join Verizon In Fighting FCC Auction Rules
Sep 26, 2007, 9:04 AM by (staff)
After initially condemning--and then supporting--the FCC 700 MHz auction open access rules, AT&T has reversed its support again and is now asking the FCC to change the rules. Both it and Frontline have filed separate petitions with the FCC. AT&T is specifically fighting the measure that calls for auction winners to build a nationwide broadband network for public safety agencies. Frontline is asking that auction winners be forced to resell spectrum at wholesale rates and that small businesses be given bidding discounts. Verizon Wireless took things a step further and filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of Appeals, claiming that the rules violate the law.
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.
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.
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 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.
...I mean AT&T with orange...blockquote>
So where are all the VZW-haters now?
Last time it was all about VZ being greedy, and selfish, and more BS'n about the UI and bluetooth. Where's their argument now? They don't have one on this case, because now their "network" has stepped in lin...
When Verizon filed suit everyone complained that they were just getting greedy. But I'm sure ATT is doing this in a way that is noble and honorable....
Um atlp99 (above) said it more eloquently tha...
As far as the rest of it goes, I don't know...don't really care! I just think it's funny that when the article ...
Let the fun begin
It is looking like more and more of the major players are not happy with the auction setup. The FCC knows that this was a highly anticipated auction for the cell companies due to the building penetration of this frequency. That is why they tried to put all the stipulations on this auction and not on the AWS auction last year.
I think Verizon did not buy AWS because it was waiting on this auction.
I think the chance exists with the open access requirement and Google and possibly Apple looking to buy spectrum that it wi...