Tag Archives: FCC

T-Mobile launching LTE-U in spring 2017 to increase LTE capacity

After running tests with Qualcomm in early 2016, T-Mobile today announced plans to officially launch LTE-U (LTE for unlicensed). T-Mobile says that it’ll launch LTE-U network capabilities and devices this spring. With LTE-U, T-Mobile will utilize the first 20 MHz of unlicensed spectrum on the 5GHz band, which will enable it to boost its LTE capacity. Here’s how T-Mo explains LTE-U “LTE-U devices and equipment intelligently tap into and share underutilized unlicensed spectrum without affecting … [read full article]

FCC ends investigation into zero-rating services

Back in late 2015, the FCC said that it wanted to meet with T-Mobile regarding Binge On, and the agency later investigated AT&T and Verizon’s zero-rated services, too. Fast-forward to today and those investigations have come to a close. The FCC today said that it has put an end into its investigation into the carriers’ zero-rating programs. Commissioner Michael O’Rielly issued an official statement on the situation, saying that carriers can continue developing their … [read full article]

FCC says 600MHz incentive auction requirements have been met

After several rounds of back and forth between the broadcasters and bidders, the FCC’s 600MHz incentive auction is finally moving forward. The FCC today confirmed that with today’s rounds in the forward auction, the requirements of the Final Stage Rule has been met. That means that the auction will come to an end in Stage 4. The auction proceeds as of the second bidding round are $18.2 billion, surpassing the $10 billion clearing cost … [read full article]

Stage 4 clearing cost in FCC incentive auction set at $10 billion

The start of the new year has brought with it more news on the FCC’s 600MHz incentive auction. The reverse part of the FCC’s auction finished recently, and the clearing cost was set at $10 billion for 84 MHz of spectrum. That’s considerably less than it was in the past three stages, which was $86.4 billion in Stage 1, $54.6 billion in Stage 2, and $40.3 billion for Stage 3. Now that … [read full article]

FCC’s 600MHz incentive auction completes Stage 3, clearing cost still not met

The FCC’s 600MHz incentive auction rolled on today with the completion of Stage 3, and it went pretty much just like the past stages did. The clearing cost for Stage 3 of the reverse auction was set at $40.3 billion, which is the target amount that the bidders in the auction would need to offer for the auction to continue forward. However, the bidders only offered up $19.7 billion for the 108MHz of spectrum … [read full article]

Second stage of 600MHz auction comes to an end after bidders fail to meet target price

Last week, the FCC lowered the clearing cost of the 600MHz spectrum auction to get it closer to the price offered by the bidders. Now that cost must be lowered again. The FCC has revealed that the bidders in the 600MHz auction offered just $21.5 billion. That number is less than the $54.6 billion cost that the FCC set last week and a far cry from the original $86.4 billion clearing cost. That’s a … [read full article]

T-Mobile strikes $48 million settlement with FCC over unlimited data plan deprioritization

T-Mobile today entered into an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding regarding disclosures about its unlimited data plan and deprioritization. In March 2015, the FCC began investigating T-Mobile over how it explained its policy of deprioritizing heavy unlimited data users. The FCC says that it received hundreds of complaints from T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers that were unhappy about the deprioritization and felt that T-Mobile wasn’t providing the unlimited data service that was being advertised. According … [read full article]

FCC lowers clearing cost for 600MHz auction to $54.6 billion

After the first stage of the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction finished back in June at a cost of $86.4 billion, the FCC has now ended the second stage with a lower price. This week, the FCC finished the second round of its 600MHz auction with a clearing cost of $54.6 million for 114MHz of spectrum, which is considerably less than the original cost of $86.4 billion for 126MHz. The bidders in the auction have to … [read full article]

FCC filings for HTC Nexus Sailfish and Marlin spill wireless info, model numbers

One day after the upcoming Nexus Sailfish was shown off in leaked photos, more details about it and its Marlin sibling have surfaced. The FCC filings for what’s likely the Sailfish and Marlin have been discovered. Perhaps the most notable tidbit about the filings is the Draft User Manual section, which include a letter from HTC Project Manager Sean Shih. The letter says that the final user guides for the devices “will be made publicly … [read full article]

T-Mobile writes to FCC regarding wireless competition, slams other carriers in the process

The FCC’s annual report on the state of mobile wireless competition is coming up, and in advance of the report, T-Mobile has filed a letter to the FCC to comment on the wireless industry. In its filing, T-Mobile managed to say that the wireless industry is competitive while also talking up its actions and slamming those of the other carriers. T-Mo explains that ever since its first Un-carrier move three years ago, the other carriers have … [read full article]