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Playing a game of chicken in the biggest spectrum auction in history

August 7, 2015 5:55 am

The broadcast incentive auction has been widely described as a “once-in-a-life-time opportunity” for wireless providers. So why did the chief executives of Verizon, Sprint, and Dish use their recent second quarter conference calls to talk down the  possibility of bidding on the [...]

FCC doesn’t budge: votes 3-2 on incentive auction procedures [updated]

August 6, 2015 12:48 pm

The Federal Communications Commission ceded no ground to anyone with its vote on incentive auction procedures, the agency’s detailed blueprint for how it will run the auction. Despite mounting opposition by broadcasters, the wireless industry and advocates for users of unlicensed spectrum [...]

FCC votes to keep spectrum reserve at 30 MHz

August 6, 2015 10:30 am

Much to the dismay of T-Mobile, Sprint and other smaller cable companies trying to compete with AT&T and Verizon, the Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday night to keep the amount of spectrum set aside for smaller carriers during the incentive auction at 30 MHz. FCC chairman Tom [...]

FCC decision on auction discounts may derail Dish’s plans to compete

August 5, 2015 1:47 pm

In his heart, Dish chairman, president and CEO Charlie Ergen wants to take on AT&T and Verizon. But those dreams may be over, now that the Federal Communications Commission is likely to disallow $3.3 billion in auction discounts claimed by two companies that Dish backed with cash in the [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]
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