FCC Grants Filing Extension to Verizon/Leap Opponents
The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is consolidating the deadlines for filing comments regarding or petitions to deny Verizon Wireless's spectrum acquisitions from Leap Wireless, SpectrumCo, and Cox Communications. The filing period for the Leap Wireless petitions and comments was set to expire December 28, but the Rural Telecommunications Group (RTG) and MetroPCS submitted motions seeking to extend the filing period and combine the review processes. RTG and MetroPCS argued that since Verizon is looking to acquire spectrum from three different sources, that the acquisitions should be weighed at the same time. The FCC agreed that the comments and petitions to deny should all be collected at the same time, but has yet to say whether or not it will consolidate the Leap Wireless, SpectrumCo, and Cox spectrum acquisition review process. Verizon is hoping to bag blocks of 700MHz and 1700MHz wireless spectrum from this collection of purchases, which it will use to supplement its Long Term Evolution 4G network.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
T-Mobile and Verizon Agree to Another Spectrum Swap
T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless have petitioned the FCC for permission to swap AWS and PCS spectrum licenses in 92 counties and/or 41 Cellular Market Areas around the country. The companies propose to switch spectrum licenses, but not cellular assets or customers.
AT&T Seeking 700MHz Spectrum from Peoples Wireless
AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to purchase two Lower 700 MHz C Block licenses from Peoples Wireless in Texas. If granted, AT&T would hold 24 MHz of contiguous, paired Lower 700 MHz spectrum in the two cellular market areas in question.
FCC Suggests No Joint Bidding for Largest Carriers
The FCC wants to prevent the country's Tier 1 operators from filing joint bids in future spectrum auctions. The FCC recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking covering the matter, and is looking for comments on its belief that powerful carriers shouldn't be allowed to collude on spectrum purchases.
Sprint Complains to FCC Over Proposed Spectrum Screen
Sprint submitted a proposal to the Federal Communications Commission this week in response to the FCC's suggested spectrum screen reforms. The FCC established spectrum screens to help it weigh how much spectrum is owned by wireless network operators in a given market.