Tag Archives: fcc

Editorial: Why T-Mobile Should And Will Deploy LTE (The Technical Edition)

In the comments of the article about the analyst positing $9 billion for LTE deployment, many people were puzzled on why everyone is so focused on T-Mobile needing to deploy LTE. The obvious marketing answer is that everyone else has it, so T-Mobile needs to be competitive and deploy it to be able to say that they’ve got it too. By itself, that is an incredibly stupid reason to spend billions of … [read full article]

Justice Department Asks Judge To Delay AT&T, T-Mobile Trial

The Justice Department, appearing before Judge Huvelle along with AT&T this morning argued that since AT&T has pulled its merger application from the FCC, the issue is no longer pressing and there is no need to rush to trial. The Justice Department asked the judge to delay the trial to an unspecified date in the future. According to the Wall Street Journal report, Judge Huvelle admonished AT&T for pulling its application from … [read full article]

AT&T CEO Says Higher Prices For All If T-Mobile Deal Blocked As AT&T Prepares To Face Judge’s Questions Today

As AT&T prepares to face Judge Huvelle at the U.S. District Court today, CEO Randall Stephenson says blocking the deal will result in higher prices for everyone. Without T-Mobile, AT&T says their capacity will be constrained and that “regulators can’t keep up with the changes in the industry.” As the AT&T CEO makes his comments, AT&T will be questioned today by Judge Huvelle, the U.S. District Court judge presiding over the Department … [read full article]

Justice Department Questioning If AT&T, T-Mobile Deal Still Active?

The Justice Department, in a Tuesday telephone conference call questioned whether AT&T’s application to buy T-Mobile was still active. This comes from Richard Levie, a special master overseeing the Department of Justice case against the AT&T, T-mobile deal. “DOJ interprets these comments to mean that the current litigation may, in fact, not present a live case or controversy,” Levie wrote in an order. Levie did say that he believes the Department of … [read full article]

Nokia 710 Lumia User Guide Shows Off T-Mobile Branding Thanks To FCC Filing

We’re still not 100% sure what T-Mobile and Nokia have in-store for next weeks press event, but, there is at least one phone can we are likely to see…the Nokia 710 Lumia. A quick peek through the user guide on the FCC website for the Lumia 710 (which passed sometime ago with T-Mobile ready AWS bands) shows T-Mobile branding clear as can be. We’ve grabbed three shots of the manual … [read full article]

MetroPCS CFO Doesn’t See An AT&T, T-Mobile Deal Happening Anymore

MetroPCS Communications Chief Financial Officer J. Braxton Carter expressed his belief today that AT&T’s attempt to buy T-Mobile is now very likely to fail. Carter spoke at the UBS AG event In New York and his words were notable as AT&T was once thought to be in talks with MetroPCS to buy some of T-Mobile’s divested spectrum. Carter further stated that attempts to save the deal is “almost kind of moot at … [read full article]

Verizon Purchases 122 AWS-1 Licenses From SpectrumCo, Eliminating Potential Deal For T-Mobile With Cable Companies?

Assuming regulators would approve such a deal, Verizon just screwed the prospects of a T-Mobile hookup with a cable company if the AT&T deal does indeed go all the way south. Verizon Wireless has announced that it is purchasing 122 AWS-1 spectrum licenses for $3.6 billion from SpectrumCo covering 259 million POPS in the United States. SpectrumCo is a joint venture between Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Comcast owns 63.6% … [read full article]

FCC Tells AT&T They Are “Deeply Concerned” Over Today’s Statement

Today has turned into quite the war of words in the aftermath of AT&T’s request to withdraw their T-Mobile purchase application. This morning was quite lively as AT&T posted an angrily worded response to the release of the FCC Staff Report which contradicts a number of the points AT&T has made about their T-Mobile purchase. To say that AT&T was angry, upset and in need of a timeout would be about right. … [read full article]

(Updated With FCC Response) AT&T Issues Strong Rebuttal Statement To FCC Report, Says “Oh No You Didn’t”

Update: The FCC has responded to AT&T’s statement: “The AT&T/T-Mobile merger would result in the single greatest increase in wireless industry consolidation ever proposed. The FCC’s expert staff dispassionately analyzed all of the facts, including the arguments AT&T rehashes today.”  An agency spokesman said the analysis mirrored findings by the Justice Department and several state attorneys general that “the transaction would decrease competition, innovation and investment, and harm consumers. In … [read full article]