The FCC's AWS-3 auction, which is still going on, is now more successful than anyone ever dreamed. As of this morning, the auction has raised a total of more than $24 billion in provisionally winning bids after just six days of bidding. But beyond the big, round numbers, what other conclusions can we draw from the AWS-3 results so far?
As predicted by analysts and the satellite carrier itself, the auction established a value for Dish's wireless licenses. And that value is certainly pleasing to Dish shareholders, with the highly successful auction heading in its late rounds towards total bids of $20 billion, nearly double the $10.07 billion reserve price.
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The AWS-3 spectrum auction has surpassed $16.4 billion in provisional winning bids through 15 rounds, guaranteeing that the most valuable chuck of spectrum being auctioned will meet the reserve price the FCC has set.
Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Charter have petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C., offering their support for the FCC's decision to disclose details about program licensing deals for the purpose of regulatory review.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has put forth a proposal to increase the e-rate program funding cap to $3.9 billion in order to drive more fiber and Wi-Fi connections, particularly in rural and less affluent areas of the United States.
Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint, and T-Mobile US agreed to team with the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials and the National Emergency Number Association to improve the indoor location accuracy of 911 calls over the next six years.
While the side pushing against stringent net neutrality has been largely defined as corporate interest fueled by cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner Cable, some pretty major corporations are quietly asking the FCC for strong Title II-themed guidelines.
AT&T Mobility said it pays more for data roaming expenses on a per-megabyte basis than T-Mobile US does, and that it buys more data roaming than it sells, according to an FCC filing. The disclosures are the latest salvo in a back-and-forth battle between the carriers over data roaming rates.
CenturyLink has asked the FCC for permission to conduct its own TDM-to-IP trials with a particular focus on business customers replacing their traditional POTS voice services with VoIP. The service provider expects the proposed trial in Las Vegas to last approximately six months in 12 wire centers.