Straight Path, which is developing a 5G phased-array transceiver prototype in the 39 GHz band, expects to complete its work within 12 to 18 months and hopes the prototype will demonstrate the viability of using 39 GHz for 5G services.
Sprint said it will start throttling the speeds of customers on its unlimited smartphone data plans who use more than 23 GB of data in a billing cycle for the remainder of their billing cycle, but only at times and locations where the network is constrained.
The FCC released a list of final opening bid prices for broadcasters for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum, and said the top opening bid price in the reverse part of the auction where broadcasters will sell spectrum to the FCC will be for a station in the New York City metropolitan area at $900 million. The commission also released its opening bid prices for the forward auction, in which wireless carriers will bid on the spectrum broadcasters give up, with the top opening bid price also for New York City, at $135 million. The prices for smaller markets are lower, with major urban markets commanding the highest opening bid prices.
Altice filed an application with the FCC for its proposed $17.7 billion purchase of Cablevision, telling the regulatory agency that deal will help the MSO's position in a crowded New York market while increasing competition overall.
T-Mobile US is seen as the carrier with the clearest shot to acquiring spectrum in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV airwaves, especially now that Sprint has decided not to participate. However, dozens of smaller carriers that are members of the Competitive Carriers Association are still likely to participate and try to grab spectrum-- it's just not clear at this point how many ultimately will.
While regulators, cable operators and electronics companies are debating a replacement technology for CableCard, Comcast says it hasn't given up its support for the security standard.
Dish Network led a chorus of complaints against the proposed merger of Charter Communications with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. In filings with the FCC, Dish, the Writers Guild of America for the West, set-top maker Zoom Telephonics, public-interest groups and others generally argued that the proposed transaction would limit competition in the cable industry, thus affecting Charter's competitors and broadband Internet users across the country.
As the move to rewrite rules governing multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) approaches a vote at the FCC, community access television stations have mounted a campaign urging the commission to reconsider its exemption of cable operators' TV Everywhere or OTT efforts from classification.
FilmOn CEO Alki David is continuing to lobby the FCC to move forward with rulemaking that would classify certain OTT providers as MVPDs and allow them to negotiate broadcast retransmission licenses. However, he said that online video provider Amazon and major ISPs including Google are also heavily lobbying the commission against revising current rules for MVPDs.
Verizon continues to make progress with its copper-to-fiber migration strategy. The service provider, according to a series of FCC filings, is retiring copper network facilities in White Plains, N.Y., Pittsburgh, Falls Church, Va., and Providence, R.I.