Tag Archives: FCC

FCC chief to recommend voting against T-Mobile’s request for more reserve spectrum at auction

According to a report on Bloomberg, the FCC is likely to reject the request made by T-Mobile to reserve more spectrum for smaller carriers/companies and next year’s incentive auction. “Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will recommend the agency deny T-Mobile’s request, according to two people familiar with briefings agency officials have given industry representatives. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the meetings weren’t public.” Last year, T-Mobile – and … [read full article]

John Legere: Don’t let Dumb and Dumber bulldoze American wireless consumers

In his latest vlog published just a few hours ago, John Legere pleads with American wireless consumers not to let AT&T and Verizon (Dumb and Dumber) get in the way of a competitive low-band spectrum auction. As you almost certainly know by now, T-Mobile is due to take part in a 600MHz spectrum auction next year. If successful, T-Mobile could land some valuable low-band spectrum to help expand its coverage in to rural … [read full article]

Reuters: FCC unlikely to side with T-Mobile over 600MHz spectrum auction terms

With every spectrum auction comes the potential for T-Mobile to add more much-needed airwaves to its portfolio. Sadly, it also comes with months of lobbying, petitions and various other forms of general coaxing by different companies trying to make sure they get the best terms possible. In T-Mobile’s case, that’s never been truer than with the 600MHz incentive auction due to begin next year. Our favorite carrier has been trying to [read full article]

Net Neutrality rules now available for the public to read

This morning, the FCC’s full Net Neutrality order has been published. If you want to read it, I’d suggest giving yourself a day or two to work your way through it. The openly available PDF file is around 400 pages long and will almost certainly send you to sleep at least once. Following this link will open the document directly on your browser. Net Neutrality is one of those stories that … [read full article]

Net Neutrality rules shouldn’t impact T-Mobile’s Music Freedom offer

It wasn’t long ago that the FCC finally announced what American consumers nationwide wanted to hear: Internet was being re-classified and net neutrality is coming in. At least, that’s the plan. Once classed as a utility under Title II, internet – both mobile and fixed line – will be open and competitive and big corporations won’t be able to pay ISPs a premium … [read full article]

T-Mobile-friendly Microsoft device shows up in FCC, new Lumia incoming?

If there’s one thing we’re short on in the world of T-Mobile devices, it’s big Windows Phones. But, there’s a small glimmer of hope shining from FCC filings which could indicate that’s about to change. In a filing made by Microsoft, there’s a device that’s been tested on a number of LTE and HSPA bands. All of which point to a device compatible with T-Mobile’s airwaves. The device was tested on band 2 (1900MHz) LTE and WCDMA,  Band 4 … [read full article]

New carrier phone unlock regulation active from today

Although the agreement made between carriers and the FCC was virtually finalized in 2013, carriers from today can’t say no to customer requests to unlock their phones. Providing they are no longer under contract, or have any installments to pay. Once unlocked, you’re free to use your handset on which ever compatible carrier your heart desires. Up until now, carriers only had to meet three of six criteria set out in the agreement. … [read full article]

FCC’s estimated bids for upcoming 600MHz auction “undervalues” spectrum according to broadcasters

Last Friday, the FCC updated information on its upcoming 2016 broadcast incentive auction, increasing the estimated opening bids from an estimate released in October. However, the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition, a broadcaster group, believes that the value predicted is far too low. These opening bid estimates are in relation to the first part of the two-part auction, due to take place in early 2016. This first part will be a “reverse” auction … [read full article]