FCC Blesses Google's Spectrum Auction Plans
The FCC announced that a total of 214 companies have qualified for the 700MHz spectrum auction, which begins next week. Among those companies approved to participate are AT&T, EchoStar, Google, and Verizon Wireless. Over 50 companies were denied access to the auction. The FCC will hold a test auction on January 22 so participants can familiarize themselves with the bidding process. The auction itself, which starts January 24, will be blind, meaning participants can see the amount of the highest bid, but not the identity of the bidder. The minimum bid for the prime airwaves is $4.6 billion. With Frontline Wireless' dissolution last week, the FCC is concerned that no company will emerge to bid on the 10MHz of spectrum that was set aside for a national network for emergency first responders, which has a lower minimum bid of $1.33 billion. If the minimum price isn't met, the FCC can re-auction off that spectrum block without the current set of conditions, or simply award it to the highest bidder anyway.
FCC Approves 70 Bidders for AWS-3 Auction
The FCC today published a list of entities approved to bid in the upcoming auction for AWS-3 spectrum. A total of 70 companies qualified to participate in the auction, which begins November 13.
FCC Auction Tops $31B as FCC Looks to 2016
Licenses for AWS-3 spectrum being auctioned off by the FCC are drawing far more interest than the agency hoped. Bids surpassed a total of $31 billion today during the 24th round.
AT&T, Verizon Dominate AWS-3 Auction
The FCC today published a list of companies that placed winning bids for the AWS-3 spectrum auction. The FCC auctioned off 1,600 licenses, for which 70 companies were competing.
AWS-3 Auction Slows as Bids Near $42 Billion
The FCC today made another change to how participants in the AWS-3 spectrum auction place their bids. Before round 68, interested parties had to make bids on 80% of the licenses for which they were eligible.
T-Mobile Looks to Spend Cash!
T-Mobile is the only carrier that owns the 1700Mhz spectrum and plans on add large areas of 700Mhz to offset its higher 3g bandwith. Mommy and Daddy (Deutsche Telekom) have invested 4 Billion in network upgrades t
Verizon best come out swinging
If this auction happened a year ago, I woul...