Rural Carriers Make Push for Reinstating Spectrum Cap
A band of rural network operators, called the Rural Telecommunications Group, has approached the FCC about limiting carriers from owning more than 110MHz of spectrum below the 2.3GHz band in any one market. They feel having that much spectrum gives carriers too much power over the local competition. Wireless network operators such as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon say that reinstating the limits would kneecap their ability to deploy better networks. The CTIA believes that existing laws already protect the smaller operators from their larger rivals. With FCC leadership set to change hands in early 2009, it is not likely that the FCC will make any decisions on the issue in the near future.
Wireless Companies Form Alliance to Pressure FCC
A handful of wireless companies and public policy groups have formed an alliance meant to pressure the FCC as it drafts rules for the upcoming 600MHz reverse spectrum auction. The alliance is called SaveWirelessChoice.com.
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.
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.
Sprint Partners Making Headway in Rural LTE Push
Sprint says 16 of the 30 companies who've agreed to participate in its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program have launched their LTE networks. The Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program is similar to Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America initiative.
Ah quit whining
Im a little confused
Where is this relevant?