Tag Archives: Spectrum

FCC votes to reject revised limits on AT&T and Verizon in upcoming spectrum auction [UPDATED]

UPDATE: John Legere has responded to the FCC’s decision, saying that T-Mo is “committed to showing up, playing hard, and being successful at the auction.” You can find his full stream of tweets related to the FCC’s decision at the bottom of this post.   T-Mobile has been lobbying the FCC to set aside more spectrum for smaller carriers — aka not AT&T and Verizon … [read full article]

Tom Wheeler pushes against T-Mobile request for 40MHz reserve in 600MHz auction

News this morning from the Commission states that Tom Wheeler, the FCC’s chairman, is pushing against T-Mo’s request to raise the spectrum reserve in next year’s low-band auction. In a blog post today, Wheeler stated the following: “While some parties have petitioned the Commission to increase the size of the reserve, the draft Order on Reconsideration I am circulating today would maintain the reserve size at the current level. The … [read full article]

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 – … [read full article]

John Legere: AWS-3 spectrum auction a “disaster for American wireless customers”

It’s been a few weeks now since the government’s AWS-3 spectrum auction ended, and by all accounts, T-Mobile played its cards perfectly. It spent almost $1.8 billion on mid-range spectrum which it can use to bolster its already-strong portfolio of 1700/2100 airwaves. But all-in-all, the whole affair was a big pile of baloney according to T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO. … [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]

T-Mobile’s recently acquired AWS-3 spectrum shown on map

One of our readers, who has evidently been quite busy, got in touch with a map put together after the AWS-3 spectrum auction results were announced. It’s not the most complicated map, but at each point where T-Mobile bid successfully for the spectrum, there’s a dropped pin. You can see the map above, or get a full look at the interactive Google map at this link. As a big picture, … [read full article]

FCC AWS-3 spectrum auction comes to a close with $44.9 billion in bids

It’s officially over! The FCC’s AWS-3 spectrum auction has officially come to an end, and it was a biggie. The AWS-3 spectrum auction closed with after 341 rounds of bidding, with the total of winning bids finished at $44.899 billion. That’s substantially more than previous spectrum auctions. For example, the AWS-1 auction that took place in 2006 finished at $13.7 billion, while the 700MHz auction in 2008 ended at $18.9 … [read full article]