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FCC a little more open to a Sprint, T-Mobile merger?

A report from the Wall Street Journal today states that some commissioners at the FCC aren’t totally against a deal between Sprint and T-Mobile. The deal would see the third and fourth most popular carriers in the States combine and create a much larger carrier, and one which could compete with Verizon and AT&T more effectively. As you’re all aware, in the past, Tom Wheeler Chairman of the FCC has expressed concerns over … [read full article]

AT&T: “No Basis” for T-Mobile or Sprint to be given special treatment at auction

With 9 days to go until the FCC makes a final decision on plans to restrict spectrum auctions, AT&T has once again voiced its opinion that it’s not right to give preferential treatment to the smaller carriers. If they go through, the changes would reserve a percentage of available low-band airwaves for carriers who currently don’t own large amounts. This would obviously make it easier for carriers like Sprint and T-Mobile to acquire … [read full article]

Report claims Sprint/T-Mobile merger is “dead”

Network consolidation may be a must in the relatively near future. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be Sprint and T-Mobile that merge. In fact, New York Post‘s sources claim that it won’t happen and that the FCC and DoJ are very skeptical on the matter. Even going so far as to say that it’s “dead”. This would go along with another report published recently by Re/code, also claiming that … [read full article]

Unsurprisingly, Verizon’s unhappy with FCC’s plans to make spectrum auctions more competitive

Sprint and T-Mobile are doing the best they can to push the FCC in to making a decision on airwave auctions that would see the system changed to be more favorable to the smaller guys. Both carriers have increased lobbying budgets and contacted regulators over 24 times this year. Putting as much time and money in as possible because the upcoming spectrum auction could be the largest we’ve seen in the U.S. since … [read full article]

AT&T says it may not participate in spectrum auction if FCC rules are adopted

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler recently proposed that his agency set aside a certain amount of spectrum in an upcoming auction for smaller carriers once the bidding reaches a certain threshold. The proposal is meant to help make those smaller operators stronger, but not everyone is pleased with Wheeler’s plan. AT&T has threatened to not take part in the spectrum auction if the FCC Chairman’s … [read full article]

Analysts: Sprint and T-Mobile need to merge, “aren’t independently viable at the same time”

For the past few months SoftBank CEO, Masayoshi Son has purportedly been contemplating a move to buy out Deutsche Telekom’s controlling stake in T-Mobile U.S.  Things have gone a little quiet on that front in recent times. And it’s no surprise since both the FCC and DoJ have expressed concerns over any merger between major U.S. carriers. They want four network operators. Not three. Both agree that a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile … [read full article]

AWS-3 spectrum auction rules will suit small and large carriers, Tmo approves of “pro-competitive decision”

Later on the this year, we’re about to see the largest auction of airwaves seen in the States since 2008. Fierce Wireless reports that the FCC is moving ahead with planned rules to make them as fair as possible, making airwaves “available in in a mix of spectrum block and geographic license area sizes to meet the needs of large and small wireless providers.” The AWS-3 spectrum includes 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands and … [read full article]

T-Mobile, Dish, Sprint and others teaming up to plead for spectrum auction changes

Not long ago, T-Mobile’s head of Federal Regulatory Affairs, spoke up regarding the unfair method used to auction off low band spectrum. The issue is that, as it stands, the FCC likes to sell off large chunks of spectrum covering wide areas. This suits the big guys fine, but for anyone who isn’t Verizon or AT&T, it’s a pain in the backside – to put it mildly. As a follow-up, Magenta … [read full article]