What is the Value of Wireless Spectrum?

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What is the value of wireless spectrum? It’s a question I’ve been thinking a lot about lately as some stakeholders lobby for more unlicensed spectrum while others lobby for more licensed spectrum. We’ve become accustomed to using an auction process to sort out spectrum value...Learn More

Verizon and Partners Test Mobile CBRS on Live Network in Florida, Achieve 790 Mbps Peak Speed

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Verizon, Ericsson, Federated Wireless and Qualcomm Technologies said they have tested Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in a live commercial network in Florida. CBRS is shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band, a portion of which already has been freed up for unlicensed use on...Learn More

Coalition Proposes Alternate CBRS Auction Plan, Licenses by County and Census Tract

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A coalition of 11 carriers and corporations, eight industry associations and the nation’s largest port authority have sent the FCC an auction proposal for the CBRS spectrum band that represents a middle ground between rules currently in place and a proposal submitted recently by organizations...Learn More

High-Stakes Broadband Drama at FCC as CTIA, CCA Float Compromise CBRS Proposal, But WISPA Begs to Differ

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Two organizations representing mobile wireless service providers have sent a letter to the FCC with what they called a “compromise proposal” for the planned auction of citizens band radio service (CBRS) licenses in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band. The compromise CBRS proposal comes from CTIA...Learn More

5G Spectrum Auction Plans Come Into Focus with FCC 28 GHz & 24 GHz Proposals

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The FCC today proposed to begin conducting an auction of spectrum in the 28 GHz band on November 14. A 24 GHz auction would commence as soon as the 28 GHz auction is completed. Both spectrum bands are considered well suited for fifth-generation 5G wireless...Learn More

Carolina West Wireless Touts 600 MHz Spectrum Win

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Carolina West Wireless issued a press release earlier this week detailing its winnings in the recent auction of broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band. The company bid a total of $10.2 million to win spectrum in 32 counties in western North Carolina and northeastern...Learn More

Cellcom 600 MHz License Wins Positions Carrier for Mobile Broadband Expansion, IoT

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Regional rural wireless carrier Cellcom confirmed Friday that it was a winning bidder for seven licenses in the 600 MHz auction. The Cellcom 600 MHz wins include five markets in rural Wisconsin and upper Michigan. The FCC released a list of winning 600 MHz auction...Learn More

Moffett: 600 MHz Auction Results Suggest Cable Wireless Service Not Much of a Threat

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The possibility that a cable wireless service would arise to offer competition to the nation’s four major wireless carriers appears less likely than it did before results of the 600 MHz auction were released last week, noted Moffett Nathanson Research in a research note today....Learn More

About Half of Fifty 600 MHz Auction Winners Are Rural Companies

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AT&T, Comcast, Dish Network and T-Mobile were the big winners in the voluntary auction of TV broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band completed several weeks ago, the FCC announced this afternoon. Fifty 600 MHz auction winners, about half of which were rural carriers, collectively...Learn More

Nokia Claims 600 MHz LTE Equipment First

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Nokia claimed a 600 MHz LTE equipment first today, announcing that it has completed the first pre-standard 600 MHz LTE call using commercially available equipment. The winning bidders in the FCC’s auction of 600 MHz spectrum are expected to use the spectrum to expand their...Learn More

RWA: Mobility Fund Phase II Could Leave Some Areas Without Service

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Some rural areas could be left without wireless service if the FCC approves the latest proposal for the Connect America Mobility Fund Phase II, cautions the Rural Wireless Association. Some wireless carriers in high-cost rural areas currently receive funding through the traditional high-cost universal service...Learn More

TV Broadcast Spectrum Reverse Auction Yields $19.6B for 600 MHz Mobile Broadband Spectrum

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The “clock phase” of the TV broadcast spectrum reverse auction was completed Friday, explained FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in a statement. A total of 84 MHz of spectrum will now be released into the broadband marketplace, Pai said. According to news reports, the total of...Learn More

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