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T-Mobile’s Legere: We will be successful in incentive auction

July 30, 2015 12:51 pm

T-Mobile CEO John Legere didn’t push as hard as he has in the past for the Federal Communications Commission to increase the amount of spectrum it will set aside in the incentive auction. But he’s still holding out hope. The FCC will vote Aug. 6 on a mobile spectrum holdings item that [...]

The low-hanging fruit of future spectrum policy

July 29, 2015 3:53 pm

In figuring out what should be the government’s spectrum policy for the future, one solution has become a no-brainer to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in both chambers: make it easier for phone companies to site wireless towers and antennae on federal land and government buildings. [...]

AT&T to activate FM radio chips in future mobile phones

July 28, 2015 11:43 am

The radio industry posted a big win in its campaign to get carriers to activate the FM radio chip built into most mobile phones. AT&T agreed Tuesday to specify that the FM chip be activated in Android phones manufactured in 2016 and beyond, according to NextRadio and TagStation, the [...]

Industry groups push Congress for access to government spectrum

July 28, 2015 11:16 am

Once the Federal Communications Commission wraps up the broadcast incentive auction, now tentatively planned to begin March 29, 2016, there is no other spectrum in the pipeline that can be transferred to commercial mobile services. That’s triggered increasing pressure on Congress to free [...]

FCC’s Pai calls AT&T merger conditions a “regulatory wish-list”

July 27, 2015 12:04 pm

FCC commissioner Ajit Pai didn’t mince words in his dissent of the agency’s conditions on the AT&T-DirecTV merger, accusing the agency of ignoring its own authority to gain more control over the Internet and of imposing conditions that set a dangerous precedent. The FCC gave its final [...]

FCC approves AT&T-DirecTV merger with conditions

July 24, 2015 3:27 pm

The Federal Communications Commission finally approved with conditions AT&T’s $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV after a review that dragged on for 15 months. DOJ said it wouldn’t stand in the way of the deal earlier in the week. The deal turns AT&T, the second largest wireless [...]
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