High-frequency radio emissions from fluorescent lights installed in a Los Angeles office building are allegedly interfering with a Verizon Wireless cell site, prompting the FCC to referee the dispute between Verizon and the building owner.
Verizon Wireless took Sprint ato task over the fact that the vast trove of 2.5 GHz spectrum Sprint acquired from Clearwire last year is not currently included in the FCC's "spectrum screen." If the spectrum were included, Verizon agues, Sprint would be counted as having more spectrum than any other carrier.
AT&T wants to buy advanced wireless spectrum (AWS) from Phoenix, Ariz.-based cable MSO Cable One that it could use to expand its LTE network, according to an FCC notice.
Sprint is close to securing $45 billion in debt financing from a group of banks to make a bid for T-Mobile US, according to a report from Dealreporter. However, a separate report from Bloomberg painted a more conservative view of the deal and said that top Sprint executives have not yet decided if they want to pursue a bid.
The FCC, as had been expected, approved a CTIA plan to partner with two Los Angeles TV stations to conduct a pilot project with the aim of showing that the stations can share the same broadcast spectrum.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler expressed skepticism about a deal between Sprint and T-Mobile US in a meeting with Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son, according to a Reuters report. Wheeler's pushback against a merger between the Nos. 3 and 4 carriers follows a clear signal from the Department of Justice that such a deal would face intense scrutiny.
The FCC is doubling down on the investment to connect schools and libraries by allocating $2 billion over the next two years to support broadband service. An estimated 20 million students in at least 15,000 schools will get access to a broadband connection through the expanded program.
The auction of the 1900 MHz PCS H Block is starting to wind down, and Dish Network still appears poised to walk away with the spectrum, according to a financial analyst. Based on current activity, the auction will likely end sometime in the next few days.
Idaho is dealing with a potential shortfall in its budget because it is faced with the possibility of having to pony up $14.5 million in payments to CenturyLink and Education Networks of America for operating a statewide network for the state's high schools, according to The Spokesman Review.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son are scheduled to meet with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today, in which the topic of industry consolidation is likely to come up, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The report comes as there are growing indications that regulators would be opposed to a deal to merge Sprint and T-Mobile US, the No. 4 U.S. carrier.