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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...

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...

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...

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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." 

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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.

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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...

Verizon Buying Cincinnati Bell’s Spectrum for $210M

April 7, 2014 9:36 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Cincinnati Bell today announced it is winding down its wireless network operations and selling its spectrum licenses and other assets to Verizon Wireless in a deal valued at $210 million. The regional operator, headquartered in Cincinnati, will lease back its spectrum from Verizon for a period of time while it shuts down its network operations and assists its customers in moving to Verizon or another wireless provider.

FCC AWS-3 Plans Get Mixed Reaction

March 31, 2014 3:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC today issued an official report and order that sets rules for the upcoming auction of 65 MHz of spectrum in the AWS-3 band, specifically in the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands. The report and order establishes a band plan that makes spectrum available in a mix of spectrum block and geographic license area sizes...

FCC Opens 100 MHz of 5 GHz Spectrum for Unlicensed Wi-Fi Use

March 31, 2014 2:53 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The new report and order focused on relaxing the rules governing the operation of Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) in the 5 GHz band, specifically removing current restriction on indoor-only use and increasing the permissible power in the 5.150-5.250 GHz band.

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CTIA, Broadcasters Prove Viability of Spectrum Sharing

March 28, 2014 10:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Wireless Association today released a report on its efforts to test spectrum channel sharing with a pair of Los Angeles television stations. CTIA claims to have proved the viablity of channel sharing through its experiment with Los Angeles television stations KLCS and KJLA. 

CCA Expo: Broadcasters Require Trust in Incentive Auctions

March 26, 2014 2:41 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Rick Kaplan, executive vice president of strategic planning for the National Association of Broadcasters, said he's worried that broadcasters still need assurances from the FCC around how the upcoming incentive auctions will work. "One challenge is you want to be able to trust what you hear from the Commission," Kaplan said. 

CCA: FCC Wireless Chief Sees Need for Compromise on Auction Geography

March 26, 2014 12:04 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Roger Sherman didn’t even bring a prepared speech to CCA. Speaking at the CCA Global Expo Wednesday, the FCC’s acting wireless bureau chief instead focused on directly addressing key issues and questions from CCA CEO Steven K. Berry.

Sprint, T-Mobile, Dish Team Up to Plead Low-Band Spectrum Case to FCC

March 26, 2014 10:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint, T-Mobile and Dish Network are teaming up to ensure smaller carriers can get their hands on low-band spectrum. Along with the Competitive Carriers Association and advocacy groups like Public Knowledge, the group is lobbying the FCC to adopt rules in the upcoming 600 MHz auctions that will benefit carriers other than AT&T and Verizon, who together hold the majority of available below-1 GHz spectrum licenses.

AT&T Files with FCC for Transfer of 700 MHz, AWS Spectrum

March 21, 2014 10:05 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

From MilkyWay Broadband, AT&T has requested the transfer of 12 MHz of Lower 700 MHz C Block spectrum in 71 counties in 15 CMAs. From WGH Communications and NTCH, AT&T has requested the transfer of 12 MHz of Lower 700 MHz B Block spectrum in 18 counties in six CMAs. From Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Cooperative, AT&T has requested the transfer of 20 MHz of AWS-1 A Block spectrum in nine counties in three CMAs.

T-Mobile Goes to Bat for Smaller Carriers in AWS Auction

March 20, 2014 9:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In a policy blog yesterday, T-Mobile suggested the Commission try to mirror the geographic market areas for existing AWS-1 licenses, a mix of smaller Cellular Market Areas (CMA) and larger Economic Areas (EA). The carrier also expressed support for the CCA’s proposed compromise of Partial Economic Areas (PEA).

Rubio: US Should Give Airwaves to Cell Companies

March 10, 2014 3:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. Marco Rubio says the government should give cellphone companies more airwaves and allow private companies to build a nationwide pipeline for oil and natural gas. The Florida Republican on Monday also told Google's Washington offices that nixing dozens of taxes

Google Asks FCC for Four 6-MHz Unlicensed Channels in 600 MHz Band

March 7, 2014 3:26 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

According to a filing, Google specifically requests unlicensed spectrum use in “any guard band separating broadcast and LTE licensees; any duplex gap separating LTE uplink and downlink operations; the reserved wireless microphone channels on a shared basis with wireless microphone users; and Channel 37 on a shared basis with WMTS and radio astronomy users.”

T-Mobile to Close Verizon 700 MHz Deal, Deploy LTE on Spectrum in 2014

March 5, 2014 5:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Speaking at Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter and CTO Neville Ray were optimistic about the LTE network potential of the spectrum. Ray said the A Block licenses cover 158 million POPs and that T-Mobile should have devices supporting 700 MHz LTE by the fourth quarter.

Verizon Attacks T-Mobile Over Canadian Auction Rationale

March 5, 2014 4:11 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“Proponents of restricting Verizon and AT&T have failed to present economic evidence proving that the FCC should adopt rules that disadvantage Verizon and AT&T in the Incentive Auction. There is nothing learned from the Canadian experience that cures that failure,” Verizon wrote in the filing.

Dish Network Sweeps H Block Spectrum Auction

March 3, 2014 9:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish Network won all 176 licenses available in the FCC’s H Block auction with a combined winning bid of $1.56 billion. Fully 23 qualified bidders vied for 10 MHz of paired spectrum (1915-1920 /1995-2000 MHz) but in the end Dish walked away with it all. The auction closed Thursday, more than a month after it started.

H Block Spectrum Auction Closes, Meets $1.56B Reserve Price

February 27, 2014 1:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The H Block Auction (Auction 96), the FCC’s first major spectrum sale in more than five years, is officially closed. The 10 MHz of paired spectrum in the 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz bands was broken into 176 licenses, one for each Economic Area (EA). The auction took in a little more than $1.56 billion, the reserve price the FCC set for the auction.

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