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T-Mobile explains to FCC why it should participate in mmWave auction, says it won’t jointly bid with Sprint

The FCC is hosting a millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum auction later this year, and T-Mobile recently submitted a filing to the FCC to explain why it should participate. T-Mobile explains that it and Sprint are aware of the need to avoid any inappropriate coordination of competitive activity before their merger is complete and the need to avoid any potential violations of antitrust laws while they remain independent. And so T-Mo says that it and Sprint … [read full article]

T-Mobile to pay $40 million as part of FCC settlement over failed rural calls

T-Mobile has reached a settlement with the Federal Communications Commission for violating the Communications Act of 1934. T-Mobile failed to correct issues with calls being delivered to rural customers, says the FCC. The agency began investigating complaints that T-Mo customers were unable to reach consumers using three rural Wisconsin carriers, and while T-Mobile told the FCC that the issue had been resolved, the FCC continued to get complaints. Complaints filed directly with T-Mobile showed patterns of … [read full article]

T-Mobile requests FCC permission to conduct 3.5GHz equipment tests

T-Mobile is interested in run some 3.5GHz tests. T-Mobile recently submitted an application for special temporary authority with the FCC, requesting permission to operate in the 3.5GHz band. T-Mo says that it wants to operate in the 3550-3700MHz band “to understand the propagation characteristics and gain a better understanding of new innovative services this band can offer.” In its application, T-Mobile explains that it’ll be working with equipment from Ericsson and Nokia. The tests will be conducted … [read full article]

FCC announces results of 600MHz auction, T-Mobile wins more spectrum than any other company

The FCC’s 600MHz incentive auction officially wrapped up earlier this year following a lot of back and forth between the TV broadcasters, the FCC, and the auction bidders. Now the results of that auction have come out. T-Mobile announced today that it came away with 1,525 licenses and an average of 31 MHz nationwide, which it spent a total of $7.99 billion on. T-Mo won 45 percent of all of the low-band spectrum available … [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]

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]

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]

T-Mobile raises concerns over video distribution practices in letter to the FCC

Ever since the launch of Binge On last year, video has been a big deal to T-Mobile, with T-Mo working with video providers to add them as Binge On partners and making Binge On one of its highlight features. Now T-Mobile is showing its interest in video even farther by suggesting video content policies for the FCC to examine. In its letter to the FCC, T-Mobile lays out four policies that it thinks need a … [read full article]