Cincinnati Bell/ Verizon Deal Involves AWS, PCS, 700 MHz Spectrum

+
A spectrum sale agreement announced yesterday between Verizon Wireless and Cincinnati Bell is unusual in that Verizon will not retain the spectrum but instead will assign its rights to acquire the licenses to private equity firm Grain Management and then lease the spectrum it wants...Learn More

AT&T Closes Big 700 MHz Deal with Verizon Announced in January

+
September 10, 2013 — DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AT&T* announced today that it completed its acquisition of wireless spectrum in the lower 700 MHz band B block from Verizon Wireless. The acquired licenses cover 42 million people in 18 states — California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana,...Learn More

AT&T A-Block Concessions Address Some, But Not All, A-Block Concerns

1
Smaller network operators that have faced challenges obtaining devices to work in the 700 MHz A-block band and who have had few, if any, roaming options, should see that situation change as the result of an announcement from AT&T today about 700 MHz interoperability. AT&T...Learn More

Why Did AT&T Announce Plans to Acquire Leap on a Friday Afternoon?

4
I’m always suspicious of announcements that come out late on a Friday afternoon – and in the case of AT&T’s announcement Friday that it would purchase Leap Wireless,  it wasn’t difficult to find a reason why the potential merger partners might want to minimize the...Learn More

C Spire Announces LTE Deployment, But Not in the A-Block

+
C Spire said Friday it will deploy 4G LTE service in parts of south Alabama and northwest Florida that cover nearly 3,000 square miles and a population of 687,000. A company spokesman confirmed that the deployment is not being made in the 700 MHz A-block...Learn More

AT&T, U.S. Cellular at Odds on 700 MHz Interference

3
Mignon Clyburn has been the strongest advocate for mobile device interoperability on the Federal Communications Commission and now that she has been appointed acting chairwoman – a position she could hold for several months – AT&T saw fit to reiterate its arguments against interoperability in...Learn More

Colorado Valley Communications Joins NetAmerica Alliance

+
Dallas, TX – April 17, 2013 – NetAmerica Alliance, LLC today announced that Colorado Valley Communications Inc. of La Grange, Texas has joined NetAmerica as an Alliance Member. Established in 1953, Colorado Valley Communications continually strives to provide exceptional customer service and advanced communication solutions...Learn More

FCC Grants B-Block Build-Out Extension but Not for Everyone

1
Two months after giving holders of 700 MHz A-block spectrum more time to build out their networks, the FCC yesterday granted an extension for 700 MHz B-block licensees as well. Both types of licensees now could have until at least December to complete construction to...Learn More

Senators Quiz Rural Operators on USF, Wireless Interoperability

1
John Strode, vice president of external affairs for rural telco Ritter Communications, today offered the easiest-to-understand definition of quintile regression analysis that I’ve heard yet – and I’ve heard a lot of people try to explain the controversial statistical methodology, which the FCC has been...Learn More

Why Didn’t Verizon Sell More A-Block Spectrum?

6
After ignoring a previous inquiry from Telecompetitor on the topic, U.S. Cellular confirmed yesterday in an email to us that the company has deployed LTE using 700 MHz A-block spectrum in some markets. The company has A-block and other spectrum holdings and previously appeared reluctant...Learn More

Verizon Rural Partner to Get LTE iPhone

8
Verizon Wireless Rural LTE partner Strata Networks appears set to be the first small wireless network operator with an LTE-capable iPhone. The company announced yesterday that it will begin carrying the iPhone 5 on March 15 and a company representative told Telecompetitor today that the...Learn More

FCC’s A-Block Deadline Extension: Will Verizon Get Moving on its Build-out?

+
The Federal Communications Commission has granted 700 MHz A-block licensees extra time to build out their networks. License holders would have been required to have networks completed to at least 35% of their coverage area by June of this year. They now have until December...Learn More