T-Mobile Hits Up Feds for D-Block Spectrum
T-Mobile USA's Vice President of Government Affairs Tom Sugrue recently argued with the House Energy and Commerce Committee to make 200MHz of additional spectrum available below the 3.5GHz range for commercial use. Specifically, he believes that the 700MHz D block should be re-auctioned off to commercial companies, and then the government should use the proceeds of that auction to build the nationwide public safety broadband network that was originally planned for that block of spectrum. Sugrue pointed out the escalating demand for wireless data services as one reason to make the spectrum available, and also notes that the auction could bring in an additional $2 to $9 billion for the federal government.
AT&T Seeking 20MHz Block of 600MHz Spectrum
AT&T is making plans to participate in next year's incentive auction, according to CFO John Stephens. "Spectrum is a scare asset, and so we would expect to participate," said Stephens, speaking at technology conference.
C Spire Looking to Nab 700MHz Spectrum
C Spire Wireless is hoping to buy some Lower 700 MHz C Block spectrum from Waller Wireless. The companies recently filed the request with the FCC.
T-Mobile Prepared to Buy Lots of 600MHz Spectrum
T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said the Uncarrier is making plans to participate in next year's incentive auction and it will be on the hunt for low-band spectrum. Carter indicated the company has as much as $10 billion to spend on spectrum, though it expects to spend much less than that to get what it needs to expand coverage.
Senators Revive Wireless Innovation Act
A quintet of Senators recently re-introduced the Wireless Innovation Act of 2015, which asks the federal government to find 200 MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband. The act was sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio, Roger Wicker, Kelly Ayotte, Cory Gardner, and Ron Johnson.
We are using this now.
As a public saftey employee I can say we are already issued the radios and equipment to use this spectrum. We have had the radios for over a year and the sites are coming online quite a few in the last month and m
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