Details on John Legere’s visit to the FCC revealed

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Last week, T-Mobile CEO John Legere shared many photos to Twitter that showed that he was making visits to government officials in Washington, D.C., including one meeting with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. Now we know what Legere was doing in D.C.

An ex parte filed by T-Mobile has revealed that on January 21, John Legere met with government officials to discuss T-Mobile’s recent earnings reports, its Un-carrier efforts, and the impact that T-Mobile has had on the industry and how it’s benefited customers. Legere also emphasized the importance of low-band spectrum and the upcoming incentive auction, saying that the impending 600MHz auction shouldn’t be delayed. A delay would only benefit AT&T and Verizon, Legere said, which already have 73 percent of the low-band spectrum. If T-Mobile were to get some, it could better compete against AT&T and Verizon and also offer more Un-carrier initiatives, Legere explained.

This isn’t the first time that T-Mobile has emphasized the importance of the 600MHz auction. T-Mo previously pushed the FCC to set aside some of that spectrum specifically for smaller carriers — aka those not named AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile went on to ask the FCC to reserve more than the 30MHz of low-band spectrum that it had already set aside so that the smaller carriers wouldn’t be left with scraps.

Via: Wireless Week
Source: FCC

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  • Adrayven

    hmmmmm, low-band spectrum… yummy…

    • sushimane

      im waiting to see how the 700mhz network is gonna be like. i just recently got the z3.

      • Drewskies

        Yay, T-Mobile will always be top dog. I could careless about any other carrier, except for T-Mobile. I love you T-Mobile. Keep it strong all the way there, Baby. #TeamT-Mobile #DataStrongNetwork #GreatIndoorCoverageInMostAreasNow

        • sushimane

          Yeah I got few people to switch from verizon to tmobile. They hate seeing me with new phone every 6 months or so. And plus their paying less for unlimited data and they able to upgrade and not having to switch to the shared data plans.

        • Drewskies

          Yay, hey I already like you right now. You seem very cool to have conversations with. I’m Drewskies. Nice to meet you my new Bud.

        • Justin Smith

          Great indoor coverage now? It isn’t that great still since it is still mid-band spectrum

        • Drewskies

          Justin it might not work better over where you are at, but it sure as hell do work for me over where at. I don’t know about you, but I not once had an bad issue with T-Mobile meeting my everyday needs now. It might just be the building that you are currently in right now is whats doing that one on you, including the area also. So hey, my area works great with T-Mobile being around.

        • Drewskies

          where I’m located at on a constant daily bases my Dear Bud.*

      • enkay1

        It’s really great. Up to full bars in places I’ve never had service before. I’ve got a Galaxy Avant (as a 700 MHz toy) in an unofficially launched area. Switching between bands is seamless and coverage on 700 MHz has filled out to how it should but we haven’t been announced yet.

        • Justin Smith

          700MHz will only get better when tmo rolls out carrier aggregation.

      • Verizonthunder

        I am waiting for 5.0 lollipop for Sony Xperia Z3 feel a little impatient but hope for some change I kinda regret getting the Sony Xperia Z3.

        • sushimane

          yeah me too i had a taste of it when i had my nexus 5 i didnt like it at first but i grown to like it.

        • Verizonthunder

          I was contemplating between samsung galaxy note 4 and Sony Xperia Z3. I hope T-Mobile releases the firmware for the Z3 as my friend is still burned by the T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z update delays.

        • sushimane

          Tmobile said it to be out early may I think.

        • Verizonthunder

          Next month Sony rolls out 5.0 lollipop for Sony Xperia Z3 and May it’s when tmobile will enable 700mhz on Sony Xperia Z3.

        • sushimane

          I think next month is only lollipop but the enabling 700mhz is in may.

        • Verizonthunder

          Yes that is what I said the last post :) but this update need’s to happen otherwise I will drop this phone like a hockey puck and pick up the LG G4.

        • Stone Cold

          You ever get the charger/cable you were telling me about?

        • Verizonthunder

          Oh yes sorry about that well I would recommend the adapter but not the cord itself as it has a short cord. It seems to work really well when plugged into car usb adapter port but for home not so much.

  • Mr Paul

    That’s still a year a way even if they cave in. It’s too much time. It looks like areas not covered well or at all by T-Mobile will be seeing nothing until mid-late 2016 at this point. Oh well…

    • TK – Indy

      The TV stations in that spectrum have 39 months after the auction close to vacate their channels. You’re looking at 2019 or 2020 before the first cell broadcast on 600 mHz, and that is optimistic. Look elsewhere for short term needs, this won’t cover it for anyone.

      • Mr Paul

        Yes, thanks for correcting. I guess my mind was thinking of the 700MHz, which will probably not even start to have a real footprint until that date. I tend to wonder if T-Mobile will even be in business in a few more years.

        • Jay Holm

          Did you really just write the words “I tend to wonder if T-Mobile will even be in business in a few years.”, wow, just wow, did you think before writing that? The company has nearly 55 million customers, and a healthy & popular brand. This coming April I will have been with T-Mobile for 2 full years, I have no regrets at all, I live in Ct, network performs great here, no complaints at all, and I get all over the state, even Torrington and Willimantic have LTE now.

        • Drewskies

          Thats what I was saying. T-MOBILE is not going anywhere, no time soon. They will remain in business for good now. Even if their name changes, they will still remain the same with the same ingredients like what they’ve always had. Then again their name may just stay the same. Eventually once they start to finish off shutting down MetroPCS cdma legacy network is when they will finally end up rebranding all of MetroPCS store right into T-Mobile stores.

        • Mr Paul

          You obviously have no idea of T-Mobile’s financial situation.

        • KingCobra

          How would they not be in business? I recall Sprint losing billions for years and even they stuck around. T-Mobile has never reported such losses so I can’t see how we can assume they’re going anywhere either.

        • Mr Paul

          Because DT isn’t pumping money into T-Mobile. They never did, and they still aren’t. T-Mobile doesn’t have the original 700MHz, not because of the duopoly, but because of DT’s refusal to invest in T-Mobile.

      • Jay Holm

        Well then good thing T-Mobile got nearly 200 million pops worth of the 700 A Band, with carrier aggregation added, network performance should be fine, plus Metro PCS is supposed to be completely shut down, at the end of this year I think, so that’s 5mhz more to bump various markets up to 20mhz.

        • Drewskies

          Jay Holm well said there my friend. 700 A Band does the body real real good there. Hey 700 shall be enough to deal with indoor coverage purposes anyways. People just simply need to stop complaining too dang old much my Dear Sweet Bud of Mines. #TeamMagenta #TeamT-Mobile

    • Get Help

      Yet Sprint is still Sprint… It would be something if they could deploy SMR right. OH WAIT THEY CAN’T.

  • sushimane

    hopefully everything went well over there. verizon and att spend a lot of money on the aws-3 auction which tmobile spent a reasonable amount on certain area so maybe tmobile got a good chuck of cash on the side to buy a reasonable of 600mhz.

  • UMA_Fan

    Completely reasonable. At&t and Verizon got their initial low band assets for free after all.

  • Mike

    I still think in the long run t-mobile will need a softbank or similar to help fund the expensive coverage expansion. Right now T-Mobile is doing great but to keep the customers that switched they need to expand there coverage asap.

    • YABD

      I am thinking jump to att seriously and soon. Tmobile coverage have issues.

      • Mike

        I have T-Mobile and its the best service to get if u don’t travel often then you might wanna go with another cell provider. Luckily my job provides a work phone thru Verizon otherwise I won’t be able to get coverage in the different factories I work in.

        • Get Help

          TMo is working on it, have you seen the LTE expansion on the Interstates? Hang in there, T-Mob is kicking it on the LTE expansion front.

        • gmo8492

          What the hell did I just read o_O

      • Drewskies

        Well then Goodbye. We are not forcing you to stay with T-Mobile. Leave us alone please. Thank you.

      • KingCobra

        You should try Cricket

    • Drewskies

      Hey who cares. I could careless if T-Mobile would not be able to better compete with AT&T or Verizon Wireless for that matter. Just know that, T-Mobile have been the only carrier to not have charge people outrageous prices for phones or plans. They also do not charge a phone service fee for each line you have with them, while Sprint, Verizon Wireless and AT&T are charging people massive phone service fee for each line someone decides to have with them. Bullcrap. I will continuously enjoy my okay less coverage of service with T-Mobile that has been getting way better coverage/service verses it being with sorry butt smelling Sprint. I have had AT&T/Verizon and from the looks of things, T-Mobile has been more able to work a little bit more closely with mountain ranges than Verizon would have ever dreamed to have done for all of us consumers here. Screw you AT&T/Verizon. Goodbye now.

      • Mike

        Idiot if T-Mobile doesn’t expand there coverage some people who switched from Verizon and AT&T will go back eventually and all Verizon and AT&T has to do to kill T-Mobile momentum is lower prices and/or start adding more data but they won’t because T-Mobile doesn’t have the spectrum to compete with them in the long run sure T-Mobile is gaining more customers on prepaid but who’s to say they will stay. I have T-Mobile and I work in different plants throughout my state and T-Mobile reception always roaming or on edge when I see co-workers with Verizon get 4g or LTE inside the plants and buildings.

        • Make you point without name calling please.

        • Mike

          Idiot

        • Drewskies

          Well said J.Williams. Thanks for having my back there, friend!! :) <3

        • holy cow drew

          As an impartial 3rd party, you came off as a mentally challenged preteen girl in your postings. Calm down and reread your posts from today.

        • Drewskies

          Go away already you damn loser. Gooooodbye. You said you would leave me the hell alone. Noow goooo you damb creep. Goodbye. Stop messaging my way. No one cares for your sorry self. Get snuffed.

        • Drewskies

          Wow do not disrespect me again you big loser with no class. Obviously you cannot read. I will say this, T-Mobile meets more of my special needs than Verizon or AT&T put together. T-Mobile is a primary example to Southwest Airlines. We are not worried about being to top number 1 carrier of America. We are already #1 due to meeting most of peoples need, me being one of them. So please seriously your hate about T-Mobile failing could never hurt my feelings. Go back to AT&T/ or Verizon or even Sprint please. Good Riddance. Bye. Leave us alone already you hater.

        • Get help Drew

          Wow, someone needs help. It’s wireless carriers, not a sports team. Seek professional help. Please. You think John Legere cares about people like you? Nah, he’s achieved far more in life than you could dream of. Step back from the computer sir

        • Drewskies

          Excuse me? Who was talking to you? No one you loser. Goodbye. Tmobile hater. Leave me alone and stop stalking my every move. I love Tmobile and is very proud of it. You do not know me nor do you personally know John Legere. So go sit down and stop harassing me. Bye.

        • Get Help Drew

          That’s so precious of you. I love you too. Thanks. Now we can be part of the triopoly while Sprint falls apart. If anything you should just enjoy what’s happening from the sidelines and not comment on the Internet. How many sites you get banned from? I’m on the same side as you. I just don’t think your comments are helping.

        • Drewskies

          Leave me alone. Really? Goodbye. Goodbye. Banned? If you wanna be on thr same side as me, then dont talk down to me you Liar. Goodbye. I do not need you on my side. Sooo freaking stop it. Get lost. Leave me be you loser. You dont know who this is anyways. I was having Tmobiles back and now you wanna come talk down my throat? Forget you. Your help is not granted or wanted. I personally do not want anyone like you to have my side. Bye.

        • Get Help Drew

          How’s the bayou this time of year? I’m sure it’s warm and sunny, right? :) You’re selling us short. Why would you want want to bludgeon the two duopolists?

        • Drewskies

          Bye. I dislike Sprint. I would like for us to get along. But obviously you hate me so so much. So whatever. Goodbye. I’m for Tmobile. So be happy for me. You go your way, I go my way. DEAL? DEAL!! THANK YOU.

        • Get Help

          You stop and I’ll stop. That’s the deal. That means you stop posting. I am already done.

        • Drewskies

          Nooo you started it first you loser. Now stop harassing me. I never said a damb thing to you at all. Now screw off and stop stalking me. Go Die please. Bye.

        • Drewskies

          Damn*

        • Get Help

          That’s too bad, go Bayou Bengals. I love you too. :)

        • Drewskies

          Loser Leave me alone and die.

        • Drewskies

          Go to hell you loser. Goodbye now

        • Drewskies

          Leave me alone and quit Stalking me.

        • thepanttherlady

          Let this conversation be done with now. Thank you.

        • Drewskies

          Shut up. Excuse meeee? Why are you talking to me? Are you sure that you have the right person, because seriously I was actually taking up for T-Mobile you big Dum Dum. Goodbye. Be dismissed you idiot.

        • thepanttherlady

          Last warning.

        • Jacob

          Excuse me loser?? Excuse meeeee? Lets go, Loser stop following me around. I said nothing to your sorry idiot self. Get out of my business you sorry stalker. Goodbye stalker. You have the wrong dude, loser.

        • thepanttherlady

          Bye. :)

        • Melissa

          Ah okay you Creep. Eat some trees for breakfast please. Stop harassing me you stalker.

        • Drewskies

          the

        • Drewskies

          Who said it was some sports team? You are freaking annoying. Seriously you arr trying to piss people off. Now go eat grass please.

        • Drewskies

          are*

        • Drewskies

          Like what I have said before, T-Mobile has always met my needs wherever Im at. So why are you calling me an idiot for, knowing you fully failed to read on what was placed for you to be reading that time there. What a loser for no reading correctly. Again, do I care if T-Mobile falls short? At least John Legere will go under another name, due to Tmobiles name fading away& the rebranded company having the same ingredients as before. More like a primary example to Southwest Airlines. Goodbye now.

        • eAbyss

          You call him an idiot when you apparently don’t even know the widely published facts on what you’re saying.

          T-Mobile IS expanding. They expect to cover the same number of people that Verizon and AT&T currently do by the end of the year.

          T-Mobile is getting better indoor coverage and less dead spots. T-Mobile is currently rolling out all of their recently purchased band 12 spectrum and buying more as it becomes available. This will mean better indoor coverage and less dead spots. This should be completed by the end of the year.

          LTE will be everywhere T-Mobile has coverage. They plan to have full LTE coverage by the middle of the year.

          Due to T-Mobile’s history with promises like this there’s no reason not to believe that all of this will happen.

        • Mike

          Ur a bigger idiot. T-Mobile is not gonna cover the same amount of people as Verizon and AT&T does by years end .

    • vrm

      why not let at&t buy t-mobile instead of sprint ? t-mobile users can enjoy immediate improvement in service (without even a new phone) instead of (promised but never delivered) delayed gratification with sprint ?

      • vrm

        I think t-mobile should be allowed to compete in its own merit but if it must be acquired, let it be at&t- at least let them also bid. After all, they did have the first dibs.

        • Drewskies

          woooooot? are you freaking kidding me? hells no. att will eliminate truely unlimitrd data you loser. cmon now. att got blocked by the fcc/ftc to actually go further with their merger for tmobile. oh heck no. tmobile can do it alone. i seriously cannot believe you want att to buy tmobile. haven’t you been keeping up with all the news on what has been going down with att ruining peoples account, lying, stealing etc etc things fool? i freaking hate you right now. gosh, im pissed. hells no verizon, hells no sprint. yuk. partnership with dish network, yes. goodbye now.

        • thepanttherlady

          I find it interesting that you got all bent out of shape and wishing another poster to get “snuffed” and “die” because they called you a name but here you are calling @GrabBoyd:disqus a name. This poster said nothing to you to deserve it.

          I’m going to strongly suggest you keep the emotions in check before hitting that “post as xxxxx” button and refrain from doing this. Don’t think your posts during the interim of David being gone and Cam taking over have been forgotten. ;)

        • Drewskies

          Excuse meeee do you know who I am? That is a blatant out lie you sorry idiot. He is talking about att to buy tmobile? Oh hells no. Obviously you dont know who I am and assuming that I was the one to have made threats you sorry idiot. Now leave me the heck alone.

        • Jacob

          Names sweetie? Are you smoking something?? Lets bring it. You dont even have a clue who you were speaking with at that particular time. Goodbye. Eat trees please.

      • KingCobra

        Because if AT&T acquires T-Mobile then it removes the small bit of competition that we have here in the US. What incentive would AT&T or Verizon have to lower prices or offer more to consumers if they don’t have to compete?

        T-Mobile customers would have access to better coverage (but at a much higher price). If that’s what T-Mobile customers wanted then they would just go to Verizon today. That’s already available.

        • vrm

          actually, sprint buying t-mobile will instantly achieve that. Not only will it reduce number of viable carriers to 2 but the carcass of the “merger” will feed the two beasts for years to come.

          at&t merging with tmobile will at least compete with verizon. One will have to hope that at&t will retain the moves they recently made. In my experience, at&t does not always roll back progress they make while competing. It is unlikely that they will raise prices on the plans. I trust sprint and verizon much, much less.

          sprint will guaranteed implode under the burden of t-mobile. No network advantage, phones will ALL have to be replaced JUST to work, debt, increased debt of merger, combined losses (unless they raise prices in which case no competition to big two) and so on. There is NO SCENARIO under which sprint buying t-mobile is good for either co., except the lies that sprint shills espouse.

        • Hamster

          “phones will ALL have to be replaced JUST to work”

          In the era of LTE, that’s kind of a myth. Besides, it’s not like one network will just be switched off immediately after such a deal closes. T-Mobile’s fairly smooth merger with MetroPCS shows that it’s not nearly as hard to handle as it once was.

        • Chris

          “It is unlikely that they will raise prices on the plans. I trust sprint and verizon much, much less.”

          Would they ever bring back Unlimited Data though? Probably not, and that’s what T-mobile is offering.

          My family uses a lot of data and 30 GB of shared data is not enough. I for one uses 12-15 a month.

        • Drewskies

          You are an idiot to actually believe that att shall try to buyout tmobile again? are you on drugs right now fool? obama, fcc/doj have all said no to att on such merger. if att were to ever try to get tmobile again, that will make verizon buy sprint. common sense fool, common sense. att is rotten and poison. nooo nooo noooo. Tmobile never charges phone line monthly fees like what sprint, att and verizon are always doing with all of their services you big idiot. Cmon so sleeping.

        • taxandspend

          “sprint will guaranteed implode under the burden of t-mobile”

          Not true. Until recently, Sprint had more spectrum than Verizon and AT&T combined.

          ” phones will ALL have to be replaced”

          Not true at all. Older phones need to be replaced. They could easily be sunset over a period of time.

        • eAbyss

          AT&T is already able to compete with Verizon. There’s no need to merge any of the top 4, all it would do is raise prices and lower customer satisfaction.

      • Mike

        AT&T buying T-Mobile will not benefit customers . AT&T would shut down T-Mobile first off and AT&T doesn’t even off unlimited data.

    • eAbyss

      They need to expand???

      They plan to have as many people covered as Verizon and AT&T do currently by the end of the year.

  • Aurizen

    when is the next auction?

    • sushmane

      this year i think November or December

      • Justin Smith

        It is in 2016 not 2015

        • Jay Holm

          And there is still a court trial hurdle to overcome!

        • TK – Indy

          That’s just the NAB lawsuit. After that is settled, many of the 2200 Mom and Pop stations that are being crunched into less spectrum will probably file lawsuits.

        • Jay Holm

          Ohhh boy! Also, didn’t the FCC say they want to free up the 400mhz band? That probably won’t be til the end of the decade or so though.

        • eAbyss

          That could still be pushed out another couple of years.

  • Nearmsp

    Mignon Clyburn, daughter of a US representative and black caucus member is a political hack. This light weight commissioner said yes to the merger of AT&T and T-mobile even before a formal application was received and reviewed at the FCC. All that is needed is for a visit to her is to send a lobbyist to her dad. The US political system is more corrupt than India or China but still “legal”.

    • trymon

      Not only is she a hack, she has trouble composing a coherent sentence when she speaks. She is even dumber than a previous Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy who was another hack that now works for Frontier Communications. If not for staff these two couldn’t walk and chew gum at the same time.

      • Nearmsp

        LOL!

      • Jay Holm

        Also, wtf name is “Mignon”???”

        • Edwin Collado

          As in Filet….Mignon?

        • Jay Holm

          Yes! A food, not a person’s “name”.

    • vrm

      well, all political systems are corrupt- some are overtly so. In the US, we have built corruption INTO the system so everything is OK. How often do you hear the expression, “I have done nothing illegal”, or words to that effect ?

      For e.g. nepotism is built into the executive branch of the govt- one “elected” honcho can bring in his entire friends and family circle into the govt and have them occupy very important positions (secretariat).

      We have special interests – no bribery ! The “revolving door” sounds like an upscale tourist phenomenon rather than the simple cash/kind for service by govt officials.

      How many military officials have been punished for treating young female cadets/ensigns as their property ? And state run universities fire and punish girls coming forward with similar allegations.

      And so on…

  • Omar Boyer

    something deff wrong here in LA been getting 5 to 10 mbps on tmobile lte max standing outside full bars lte for the past 3 days on my brand new xperia z3 . Att which my mom still has 15 to 25 mbps ,i tought it was the other way around tmobile had faster speeds? Berly switched to tmobile since they did pay my att etf amd so far it was a step backwards in speed.

    • gennygen

      agree tmobile isnt the FASTEST in LA . its okay but att and verizon xlte leave it in the dust in terms of speed and reliability. tmobile is like sprint spark here average speeds from 5 to 10 mbps which its decent i mean 10 mbps is more than enough for fb,twitter ,email. i guess att has been deploying carrier agregation here quietly it has gotten alot faster lately up up to 50 dwn in east la/montebello/pico etc.. area ,verizon xlte is 50+ all over the area , but what did surprised me like i said was att they never got 50+ here in La .

      • Ashton3002

        I know in west Hollywood the highest I’ve seen At&t hit is 88 down. And that was a couple of weeks ago. But it was only indoors for some reason. I went outside and got between 50-60 down. Idk why but it works for me. Verizon is about 40+, sprint is like 17-20 and Tmobile gives me 15-20.

        • Omar Boyer

          i have a screen shot of att hitting 90 dwn ,11 up how do i post it on here? i wonder will i evee get that on tmobile now that i have them?

        • thepanttherlady

          Upload the picture to an image hosting site and post the link here. When I get the notification, I’ll approve the post.

        • Ashton3002

          I don’t think you can post picture here like you can on BGR. You have to post a link to it or something like that.

      • Hmm… all the studies I have seen say T-Mobile is the fastest in LA… http://m.blog.laptopmag.com/fastest-4g-lte-los-angeles

      • Root Metrics also recently said T-Mo is second only to Verizon in LA, and not by much, anot not everywhere. http://www.rootmetrics.com/us/rsr/los-angeles-ca

      • Dpro

        I just did a speed test and was able to pull down 29-30 mps and 15 mps up repeatedly here in Los Angeles

    • mike

      depends on your phone.

  • vinnyjr

    T-Mobile is updating the towers, don’t get nervous, super sonic speeds are on the way and soon.