FCC Sets Deadline for Opposers of Verizon's Spectrum Grabs
The Federal Communications Commission today revealed that it has combined the petition to deny and comments periods for Verizon's spectrum purchases from Leap Wireless, Cox Communications, and SpectrumCo and assigned dates for the dealines. All petitions to deny need to be filed by February 21, and all oppositions must be filled by March 2. The FCC agreed last month that the comments and petitions to deny should all be collected at the same time, but had previously not scheduled datas. The FCC has yet to say whether or not it will consolidate the Leap Wireless, SpectrumCo, and Cox spectrum acquisition review processes. 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.
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.
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.
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 Weighing Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G
The FCC today issued a Notice of Inquiry concerning new spectrum bands it is eying for potential 5G deployments. Until today, the FCC has targeted 5G deployments in spectrum below the 3.7 GHz band and above the 24 GHz band.
T-Mobile Implores FCC to Set Aside More Low-Band Spectrum
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray filed a letter with the FCC asking it to raise the amount of spectrum set aside for competitive carriers in the forthcoming 600MHz reverse auction. The FCC has already agreed to reserve 30MHz of spectrum for carriers other than AT&T and Verizon.
Reinstate the Spectrum Screen FOR REAL
No single entity or corporation shall be permitted to own more than 30% of the actively used, currently consumed spectrum in any given market area.
Such calculations would exclude consideration of airwaves that "could" be used for wireless services, but currently are not implemented, such as LightSquared's L-band spectrum and the AWS spectrum Verizon has been hording and doing nothing with for all these years. Only spectrum for which end-user devices exist in the mass market would be included in the determinations
Why stop at three? Why not 4? 5? 10?
Once we have established that it is the proper role of government to choose winners and losers in ...