FCC Embraces New Auction Rules for Designated Entities
The FCC today formally adopted a Report and Order that makes changes to how small businesses participate in spectrum auctions. The changed rules are a response to Dish Networks' use of designated entities to place bids on its behalf in the AWS-3 auction earlier this year. Dish Networks won $13 billion worth of spectrum licenses, but received a $3 billion discount by placing bids through three smaller companies that qualified for discounts. Some if the changes include caps on the total amount of bidding credits small businesses can receive, as well as a prohibition of joint bidding or bidding for larger parties with a controlling interest. "With today's action, the Commission is taking the following steps to provide small businesses— including enterprises owned by women and minorities— with a better on-ramp into the wireless industry, to increase the participation of rural service providers in future auctions, and to eliminate outdated rules that no longer reflect the developments in today's wireless marketplace," said the FCC.
Feb 9, 2022
Samsung today announced its lineup of flagship phones for 2022: the Galaxy S22 series. The top-end S22 Ultra sees the biggest changes as it essentially absorbs Samsung's Note series with an integrated S Pen stylus and a more Note-like shape and design, instead of the Contour Cut design of the other models.
Jul 1, 2020
T-Mobile US and Dish Network today announced that they have completed the previously-announced sale of Boost, the prepaid arm of Sprint. Dish now owns the Boost brand and takes responsibility for its 9.3 million customer accounts, hundreds of employees, and thousands of independent retailers.
Sep 2, 2020
The FCC today published the winners of the recent Auction 105 for part of the 3.5 GHz band. Verizon shelled out $1.9 billion for 557 licenses covering 157 counties, likely covering major cities.
Jun 24, 2020
Verizon has improved the value of its prepaid plans across the board, and added additional discounts the longer you keep your account. Customers will now receive a $5/month discount after three months, and an additional $5/month discount after nine months.
Mar 3, 2022
The FCC this week approved two new Motorola phones that support 5G NR in band 70, the unique band definition created specifically to combine the unique collection of frequency bands that Dish Network has won in FCC auctions over the past decade. These are the first phones approved by the FCC that support band 70.
Because if not, today ruling it's just BS