AT&T Mobility is seeking to buy more 700 MHz and AWS spectrum, indicating that even as it pushes for more airwave through auctions it is still intent on gobbling up spectrum on the secondary market.
Verizon Wireless and Dish Network are battling over whether the forthcoming auction of AWS-3 spectrum should include rules that require interoperability with Dish's AWS-4 airwaves.
A witness for LightSquared told a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing that the company will likely get FCC approval to use its wireless spectrum by 2015, and that it may buy more airwaves.
In today's spotlight, FierceWirelessTech takes a look at a joint FCC filing from Google, AT&T and Verizon, that disclosed a meeting at the FCC where the companies expressed their views regarding commercial operations in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band.
It has long been observed that politics makes strange bedfellows, and a recent FCC filing shows that trend continues. In this case, Google, AT&T and Verizon partnered to express their views to the FCC regarding commercial operations in the 3.5 GHz band, which is envisioned for use in small cell deployments.
T-Mobile US warned the FCC not to structure the upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction in such a way that it would tilt the playing field toward AT&T and Verizon Wireless. AT&T recently praised a tentative, but not final, license structure and band plan for the auction.
Last-mile ISPs are playing a game of "chicken" with the Internet, daring content providers to use their networks without paying a toll or suffer the consequences of poor service and connectivity to end users, according to a blog posted by Michael Mooney, general counsel-regulatory policy at Level 3 Communications.
AT&T is cheering the FCC's proposed plans for the forthcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction, but the FCC's rules for spectrum license size and band plan are not yet final or public.
Next week the Competitive Carriers Association kicks off its annual spring show, this time in San Antonio, Texas, and attendees can expect keynote presentations from SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and Roger Sherman, the new chief of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. (Sherman is filling in for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who was scheduled to keynote the CCA event but instead now has to testify before Congress.) And key topics at the CCA event will include how to ensure smaller carriers can fully participate in the FCC's upcoming spectrum auctions, as well as how LTE roaming will work, whether competitive carriers will be able to offer Voice over LTE technology, and how they can offload data to Wi-Fi networks.
AT&T's acquisition of Leap Wireless and its Cricket brand has now received FCC approval, but it will be a few months before AT&T aggressively promotes what it has dubbed the "new Cricket," according to financial analysts.