In the span of 48 hours this week executives from both Sprint and T-Mobile US declared that their companies will not participate in the Jan. 22 auction of the 1900 MHz PCS H Block, leaving Dish Network the most likely winner of the spectrum. Analysts said the two carriers are avoiding the H Block auction because they want to focus on their existing spectrum holdings and wait for other upcoming auctions, as well as a avoid complications with Dish and its chairman, Charlie Ergen.
Sprint stunned the market and said it will not participate in the Jan. 22 auction of the 1900 MHz PCS H Block. The news surprised the industry because Sprint owns spectrum directly adjacent to the H Block and was considered a key contender for the spectrum.
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said his goal was to keep the company's wireless options open, but again did not rule out a merger or partnership with T-Mobile US, which itself is on the hunt for more spectrum.
There is mounting evidence that a large and growing number of the nation's 911 operators aren't able to locate your cell phone when you call 911. This despite FCC rules dating way back to 2006 that wireless carriers need to provide 911 operators with the latitude and longitude coordinates, within 300 meters, of all mobile 911 callers. What's the problem here?
Tom Wheeler, the FCC's new chairman, may have a strong wireless background after serving as president of CTIA for 11 years, but he said in an interview with FierceWireless that his role today is to be an "advocate for the American public."
This Thursday, the FCC is scheduled to hear a presentation regarding its new Speed Test App for smartphones based upon Google's Android operating system.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he is proud of his background in the wireless industry, but that his goal now is to look out for the American people and ensure effective competition. He also said one of his main priorities right now is ensuring that broadcasters relinquish enough of their wireless spectrum to guarantee the success of the agency's upcoming incentive auctions, which could come to define his tenure as chairman.
Tom Wheeler, the FCC's new chairman, said he will work to ensure the U.S. telecommunications market remains competitive. However, in his first battery of media interviews after assuming his new position, Wheeler remained silent on how his stance on competition will affect his position on specific issues, including how the FCC will handle next year's spectrum auctions.
Last week's FCC notice of proposed rulemaking not only sets the stage for Globalstar to offer a private, licensed Wi-Fi service using some of its spectrum but also confirms that the commission will address Globalstar's longer-term plan to offer LTE services in the full Big LEO band via a separate, future proceeding.
Now that Tom Wheeler has been sworn in as the new FCC chairman, momentum is likely going to pick up for the agency's incentive auctions of broadcast TV spectrum, which are scheduled to take place sometime next year. The latest salvo in how the auctions should be conducted comes from a report from the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition and the Consumer Electronics Association, which argues against setting restrictions on which carriers can bid for the spectrum broadcasters are expected to relinquish.