Verizon Bids $5 Billion in Hypothetical Spectrum Auction
Apr 8, 2004, 5:14 PM by (staff)
In an attempt to derail a current proposal before the FCC involving Nextel, Verizon today told the FCC it would bid $5 billion for 10 MHz of nationwide spectrum in a hypothetical auction. The move is the latest jab in a heated fight over how to resolve interference issues between Nextel and public safety radio systems in the 800 MHz band. Under the current proposal before the FCC, Nextel would pay only $2 billion for the new spectrum in the 1900 MHz band. The FCC may make a decision on the issue at a meeting next Thursday.
AT&T Ditching its Band 71 Licenses
AT&T is selling $1 billion worth of recently-acquired radio spectrum licenses to an obscure Virginia company, according to documents filed recently with the FCC. The spectrum in question is all (or nearly all) of the 600 MHz (band 71) licenses that AT&T acquired in an FCC auction just one year ago.
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.
FCC Sets 126 MHz Clearing Target for Reverse Auction
The FCC today announced it has set an initial spectrum clearing target of 126 MHz during the reverse part of the auction for 600 MHz airwaves. Television broadcasters have agreed to part with this spectrum.
FCC Relaxes Rules Governing 800 MHz Spectrum
The FCC this week made it easier for carriers to add LTE to their 800 MHz spectrum holdings. Rules concerning the 800 MHz band (CDMA Band Class 0, LTE Band 5) have been in place since 1981 and limit how much power carriers can use to transmit wireless signals across those airwaves.
Another point of view
Anyway, here is an interesting point of view, from one of the most knowledgeable and influential analysts in the industry:
http://www.outlook4mobility.com/commentary2004/April ... »
...looks like all the controversy has already caused the FCC to reconsider.
And it goes on...