FCC Pursues More Unlicensed Wi-Fi Spectrum But Open Issues Remain

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With unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum becoming increasingly crowded, equipment manufacturers and service providers are pushing to make more spectrum available on an unlicensed basis  – and while substantial progress has been made on that front, more work remains, as a couple of investor conference calls recently...Learn More

Wireless M&A and U.S. Mobile Market Stability

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If the Federal Communications Commission will not allow Sprint and T-Mobile US to bid jointly on spectrum, what are the odds the FCC will allow Sprint to buy T-Mobile US? “We must make sure that the biggest providers are not able to limit broad participation...Learn More

A Verizon/ Dish Spectrum Deal Would Be Good for Verizon, But What About Dish?

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The New York Post, citing unnamed sources, has reported that Verizon is talking with Dish Network about the possibility of buying Dish’s AWS spectrum. But while such a deal would make sense for Verizon, the potential benefits for Dish are not so clear. Verizon/ Dish...Learn More

CEA Estimates $62 Billion Economic Impact of Unlicensed Spectrum Yearly

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A key to ongoing innovation and evolution of a wireless “ecosystem,” unlicensed spectrum generates some $62 billion a year for the U.S. economy, according to a new market research report from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Offering an easily accessible, low-cost means of making use...Learn More

Verizon CEO: Half of Base Chooses FiOS Bandwidth Upgrade

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Half of Verizon FiOS Internet customers have opted for a FiOS bandwidth upgrade, said Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference today. Verizon uses the brand name Quantum for its higher-speed data services, which offer data rates as...Learn More

Verizon XLTE Service Claims Doubled Data Rates

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Verizon Wireless is claiming double the bandwidth for the AWS-based LTE capability it has rolled out in more than half of its LTE markets under the brand name XLTE. When asked for specifics, a Verizon spokeswoman said, “We are still focused on our brand promise...Learn More

Wheeler on 600 MHz Spectrum Auction: Anyone Can Bid on Any Area

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As expected, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today circulated a draft of an order that would limit participation by the nation’s largest wireless network operators AT&T and Verizon in the upcoming 600 MHz spectrum auction of TV broadcast airwaves, which will be re-purposed for mobile broadband...Learn More

FCC Proposes Spectrum Sharing Plan for 3550-3700 MHz Band

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Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today took steps to provide more spectrum for general consumer use, carrier-grade small cell deployments, fixed wireless broadband services, and other innovative uses, through the creation of a new Citizens Broadband Radio Service. The Commission proposed rules for...Learn More

600 MHz Auction Plan Recommends PEAs, Paired Spectrum

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler late last week gave the other FCC commissioners a draft of rules that would govern the upcoming incentive auction of TV broadcast spectrum, which will be re-purposed for mobile broadband. Wheeler said the rules were created with rural areas in mind....Learn More

Broadcast Spectrum Auction Plan Floated, Details Band Plan

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler envisions offering two classes of licenses in the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum, reports technology news website Re/code. These would include restricted and unrestricted licenses, with restricted licenses reserved for “companies that don’t currently hold a lot of nearby airwaves,”...Learn More

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

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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

FCC Frees Up WiFi Spectrum, Details AWS-3 Auction Plans

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Gigabit WiFi services based on the 802.11ac standard should see broader deployment now that the FCC today freed up 100 MHz of spectrum for gigabit WiFi or other unlicensed use. In addition the commission today detailed plans for the upcoming AWS-3 auction of 40 MHz...Learn More