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AT&T Planning Large Summer LTE Roll-Out

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motivation, not ambition...

WiWavelength

Apr 10, 2013, 12:14 PM
Lest anyone think that AT&T is demonstrating ambition by deploying LTE to so many more markets by this summer, think again.

This is motivation, pure and simple, to avoid FCC penalties, as AT&T is facing a five year buildout deadline of June 13, 2013 for its Lower 700 MHz B block 12 MHz licenses. By mid June, AT&T must cover 35 percent of the geographic area of each CMA in which it holds the B block license.

So, this is a regulation lighting a fire under the ass of a stubborn, anti consumer wireless carrier and a prime example of why wireless industry regulation is generally a good thing.

AJ
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Jayshmay

Apr 10, 2013, 2:11 PM
Are there any regulations governing the spectrum T-Mobile has? That would force them to upgrade 2G EDGE to either 3G or 4G LTE at some point?

I've heard there are places in Tmo's network where all that's available is 2G EDGE, in 2013, that's just outrageously pathetic.
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KOL4420

Apr 10, 2013, 2:36 PM
I dont think so. I agree. I dont think they can afford to make that change along with their 4G LTE built out right now.
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Charles Bigelow

Apr 10, 2013, 2:49 PM
You guys are hitting it right on the head.
AT&T hogged the spectrum and now have to step up and show for it.
T-Mobile is absolutely pathetic yes. If I had a dollar for every place that 3G/4G went to EDGE and GPRS on their phones even in higher population areas, I could buy the company.
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Jayshmay

Apr 10, 2013, 7:03 PM
Gosh, even in the higher populated areas?!?!?
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Jayshmay

Apr 10, 2013, 7:02 PM
So you think the only reason T-Mobile can afford to upgrade it's network to LTE is because of the $4bln cash infusion from ATT?
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insider.

Apr 11, 2013, 1:00 PM
AJ: You have repeatedly ripped AT&T for sitting on the spectrum and not deploying it in the past....you cried out that AT&T should be *forced* to use it! Now AT&T is deploying the spectrum and you are calling them lazy since they are finishing deployment 2.5 months early?

really?
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WiWavelength

Apr 11, 2013, 3:23 PM
insider. said:
AJ: You have repeatedly ripped AT&T for sitting on the spectrum and not deploying it in the past....you cried out that AT&T should be *forced* to use it! Now AT&T is deploying the spectrum and you are calling them lazy since they are finishing deployment 2.5 months early?

really?


That you pay your taxes by April 15 because the law requires you to do so does not make you altruistic. See the parallel?

So, I am merely pointing out the reason for AT&T's currently accelerated LTE deployment. It is happening only because the FCC requires it. AT&T would sit on its Lower 700 MHz B block licenses in numerous CMAs for several more years and slowly trickle out LTE if it could.

Lo and be...
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insider.

Apr 12, 2013, 8:37 AM
If you pay your taxes by April 15th you are obeying the law. Paying them by January 30th is also obeying the law. Nobody in the cellular business is being altruistic. Where did you get that idea?

In my opinion, they are building out the LTE for the sole purpose of selling more data plans and data devices, not for public goodwill. I believe AT&T feels like if they BUY the spectrum, then they can do with it what they want.....so long as they are obeying the law. But I understand its just my opinion and you have plenty of your own opinions. Cool
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WiWavelength

Apr 12, 2013, 12:19 PM
insider. said:
I believe AT&T feels like if they BUY the spectrum, then they can do with it what they want.....so long as they are obeying the law.


No wireless carrier "BUYS" spectrum. They license it from the American people. And AT&T's utmost responsibility as a licensee of public spectrum is to serve the public good, not to serve its shareholders. AT&T easily has the financial wherewithal to do more than it does, but AT&T instead chooses to kowtow to self interested shareholders, pay dividends, etc.

In short, AT&T is a big part of what is wrong with our dysfunctionally capitalist national telecommunications/broadband system. We broke it apart 30 years ago. Then, it just reassembled itself. This...
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Joshmo

Apr 15, 2013, 12:01 PM
WiWavelength said:
We broke it apart 30 years ago. Then, it just reassembled itself. This time, we need to nationalize it so that AT&T and its ilk can just go away.

AJ



great idea. that way local co-ops can provide half the services at twice the price.
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