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CTIA: FCC Estimate for Spectrum Need Is Low

June 24, 2015 4:41 pm | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The Brattle Group said its analysis relies on current projections that show a six-fold increase in data demand by 2019 even after offload to unlicensed...

Verizon: T-Mobile CEO John Legere is “Simply Wrong”

June 15, 2015 10:12 am | by Ben Munson, Editor | News | Comments

“Yet Mr. Legere was in DC, hat in hand, asking that more discounted spectrum on the taxpayer’s...

Sprint and T-Mobile Form Alliance to Raise Spectrum Reserve

June 3, 2015 8:56 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The nation’s third- and fourth-largest carriers, along with a number of rural carriers and...

Google Making Progress on Project Loon

June 1, 2015 9:47 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Mike Cassidy, vice president of Project Loon for Google, said that the project is progressing to...

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LTE Innovation Summit: FirstNet - Are We Ready?

June 1, 2015 9:43 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Videos | Comments

In this panel at Rohde & Schwartz's LTE Innovation Summit, Wireless Week's Andrew Berg moderates a panel of experts for an in-depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities ahead for an nationwide interoperable first responder's network.

AT&T Proposes Quick Clearing of 600 MHz

May 20, 2015 11:36 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

AT&T is specifically referring to things like low-power television, translators and unlicensed wireless microphones, among other users that might interfere with wireless operations within...

Report: Licensed Spectrum Spurs Big Economic Growth

May 11, 2015 10:52 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The Brattle Group found that for every person employed in the wireless industry, an additional 6.5 people get jobs. Overall, the report contends that as a result of the multiplier...


Report: FCC May Nix Dish Spectrum Discounts

April 28, 2015 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

According to the Wall Street Journal, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has asked his staff to closely review the bidding actions of Dish's Designated Entities...

Congress Expects $25 Billion in Net Proceeds from Incentive Auction

April 22, 2015 11:52 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The CBO said that the majority of the proceeds will be deposited in the Treasury’s general fund in order to pay down the national deficit.                                                                  

Verizon Blasts Sprint and T-Mobile's Spectrum Narrative

March 11, 2015 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

In a new policy blog, Verizon slams the idea that it and AT&T dominated the recent AWS-3 auction, arguing that...

AWS-3 Auction Bidding Rounds Change Again as $45B Nears

January 8, 2015 3:41 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The FCC today once again altered the bidding rounds structure for its ongoing AWS-3 spectrum auction.                                                                      

Canadian Spectrum Auction Favors New Carriers

December 19, 2014 10:27 am | by James Keller, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian government confirmed Thursday that a forthcoming wireless auction will reserve more than...                                        


FCC Looks Above 24 GHz for More Spectrum

October 17, 2014 3:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The inquiry comes on a recommendation from the Technological Advisory Council to better understand how it can make use of millimeter wave spectrum above...                  

Dish Locks Up Joint-Bidding Agreements for AWS-3 Auction

October 2, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish Network is all set for the FCC’s November AWS-3 auction and the satellite provider has inked some joint-bidding agreements as well. According to FCC filings, Dish has signed agreements with Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. As Reuters points out, Dish has indirect ownership in both companies.

Confirmed: Sprint Won't Participate in AWS Auction

September 12, 2014 11:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The AWS-3 spectrum is probably less suited to pair with Sprint's existing portfolio, which includes airwaves in the 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands. The FCC has said it expects the AWS-3 auction, which will take place in November, to raise about $10 billion. 

A Roadmap for Spectrum Sharing

July 24, 2014 3:01 pm | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

The growing difficulty in identifying new spectrum for the exclusive use of wireless networks, and the length of time the reallocation process takes, has precipitated a growing interest in using shared spectrum for offloading some broadband network traffic.

FCC Preps Webinars to Educate Broadcasters on Incentive Auction

June 26, 2014 11:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC will conduct webinars to explain the rules for the Incentive Auction. The first of these sessions, to be held this week in coordination with the state broadcaster associations, will describe the opportunity for broadcasters to voluntarily participate in the incentive auction.  


FCC Details Proposed Spectrum Screen Changes

June 3, 2014 10:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In a NPRM issued yesterday, the FCC added spectrum to the screen: 40 megahertz of AWS-4, 10 megahertz of H Block, 65 megahertz of AWS-3, when it becomes available on a market-by-market basis, 12 megahertz of BRS, 89 megahertz of EBS, and the total amount of 600 MHz spectrum auctioned in the Incentive Auction.

Congressmen Urge FCC to Streamline Infrastructure Deployments

May 30, 2014 10:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Section 6409(a) states that “a State or local government may not deny, and shall approve, any eligible facilities request for a modification of an existing wireless tower or base station that does not substantially change the physical dimensions of such tower or base station.”

Small Cells in Spotlight at PCIA

May 18, 2014 9:38 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Mudry isn't the only one observing the trend. Recent research from ABI Research indicates a healthy 2014 growth in equipment revenue at a year-on-year rate of 33 percent to $1.8 billion. ABI attributes that growth  to operators like AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, Telefonica, Softbank, SK Telecom, and Sprint driving shipments of both outdoor and metrocell deployments. 

Annual PCIA Conference Highlights Growing Network Investment

May 18, 2014 9:32 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wall Street can rest assured that investing in the networks does have result in a return for investors. According to a new study commissioned by Ericsson, a 10 percent increase in CapEx by carriers in the U.S. resulted in an average 5.1 percent increase in service revenues and a 6.8 percent increase EBIDTA. 

Senate Dems Back Spectrum Aggregation Limits

May 14, 2014 5:06 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The senators wrote that they support reserving a portion of available licenses for carriers with limited nationwide low-band holdings "in order to promote competition, increase auction revenues, and protect against highly concentrated spectrum holdings." 

FCC Commissioner Pushes for Unlicensed Spectrum in 600 MHz Band

May 7, 2014 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, speaking at a WiFiForward event, said the Commission needs to be creative about finding room for unlicensed spectrum in the 600 MHz Band while protecting incumbent services. She talked about considering an expanded duplex gap, finding new locations for unlicensed microphones and opening up more unlicensed use in Channel 37.

AT&T: “Our Desire to Participate in [600 MHz] Auction is Unchanged”

April 25, 2014 11:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T is throwing cold water on the notion that it will skip the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions over rules favoring smaller carriers. “Our desire to participate in this auction and our hope for a successful auction is unchanged,” AT&T wrote in the filling. “We believe that all stakeholders will be able to work together to achieve a successful incentive auction for the 600 MHz band.”

FCC’s 3.5 GHz Proposal Could Result in Spectrum Auction

April 24, 2014 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

For the second tier, the Commission has proposed to, on an annual basis, allow applications for available Priority Access Licenses (PAL) with the possibility of allowing licensees to aggregate PAL licenses by making available multiple consecutive years of PALs licenses available at the same time. The FCC would hold an auction to assign PALs where there are mutually exclusive applications pending.

FCC Approves T-Mobile's 700 MHz A Block Deal with Verizon

April 23, 2014 5:18 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC today gave its blessing to T-Mobile's acquistion of a swatch of 700 MHz A Block spectrum from Verizon. In an emailed statement, T-Mobile Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs Kathleen Ham thanked the FCC for approving the deal. 

T-Mobile Calls for More Clarity Leading Up to AWS Auction

April 18, 2014 10:24 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“Without additional clarity about the impact of government operations in the band, wireless carriers’ bidding strategies will have to be made in a vacuum, potentially depressing auction participation and revenues,” Steve Sharkey, a senior director of government affairs at T-Mobile, said in a statement.

AT&T Warns FCC It Might Skip 600 MHz Auction Over Spectrum Rules

April 17, 2014 10:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC is planning to set aside up to 30 MHz in each market for smaller carriers to bid on once bidding for those markets hits a set threshold. After the threshold it hit, carriers holding at least one-third of the low-band spectrum in that market wouldn’t be allowed to bid. AT&T and Verizon would experience the most impact from this rule though in some markets, smaller regional carriers like U.S. Cellular would be restricted.

Wheeler to Broadcasters: Incentive Auctions Won't Come Again

April 8, 2014 4:55 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Monday urged a gathering of broadcasters to embrace the changing content ecosystem and asked them to view the upcoming incentive auctions as an opportunity. Speaking at the National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) annual conference...

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