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.
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.
FCC Names Final Set of Reverse Auction Bidders
The FCC today published a list of the 62 bidders who've made upfront payments and qualified to bid in the reverse auction for low-band TV spectrum. As expected, the list contains familiar names, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, U.S.
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.
Dish May Bid In 600MHz Auction Next Year
Dish Network is evaluating whether or not to participate in the FCC's 600MHz incentive auction next year, according to an executive. The company might bid on airwave licenses even though it was recently denied a $3.3 billion discount on licenses it won in this year's AWS-3 auction.
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...