Sprint, T-Mobile, Others Look to Preserve FCC Power
The CEOs of a number of smaller network operators across the U.S. have petitioned congress to change the wording in JOBS Act, H.R. 3630. As written, it would remove the authority to conduct spectrum auctions from the Federal Communications Commission. In a letter sent to congress, the opponents argue, "Stripping the FCC of its auction design discretion would disserve the public interest by permitting unchecked participation by the two largest, best-funded wireless carriers in future spectrum auctions. That would discourage smaller competitors from participating in future auctions thereby reducing auction revenues and limiting wireless competition and innovation." Signees of the letter include the CEOs of Atlantic Tele-Network, Bluegrass Cellular, C Spire Wireless, Cricket Communications, NorthwestCell, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and RCA-The Competitive Carriers Association. They "urge [Congress] to safeguard America’s mobile broadband future by ensuring that FCC auction authority is renewed."
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FCC Chairman Talks Incentive Auction Plans
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has discussed the broad strokes for incentivizing television broadcasters to give up their 600MHz spectrum. The FCC will meet with broadcasters one at a time to explain in depth the benefits of participating.
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 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.
FCC Commish Uses Sprint As Launch Point to Bash Auction
Following Sprint's decision to skip next year's 600MHz incentive auction, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had harsh words for the FCC's plans. "Sprint's decision highlights the folly of the FCC's attempt to pick winners and losers before the auction begins," said Pai, in reference to the rules being assigned to the auction.
prohibiting the Federal Communications Commission from considering existing spectrum
holdings in determining a carrier’s participation in future spectrum auctions."
Effectively allowing appointed officials to determine winners and losers.
All well and good, if we trust these people.
Money generates influence and power.
Commissioners are appointed by the sitting president and 'approved' by congress.
The present FCC's conditional approval of use of extraterrestrial spectrum as a terrestrial LTE network is being questioned by congress at present.
Why did they evel allow it conditionally?