T-Mobile Should Stop Complaining and Start Investing in Rural America

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Today, T-Mobile filed a petition to deny a spectrum acquisition by AT&T in three rural cellular market areas (CMAs) in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. The purchase will give AT&T the needed spectrum footprint to deploy up to a 10×10 MHz LTE network in these markets, which will enable AT&T to offer faster and higher…

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T-Mobile’s Magenta Herring

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The ever colorful tweets from T-Mobile CEO John Legere made for interesting reading after his DC tour last week in support of T-Mobile’s quest to expand the 600 MHz spectrum reserve.  T-Mobile has long alleged that an expanded reserve is essential to competition in rural America.  But, the fact is that the reserve framework will…

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Old Whine in New Bottles

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

A group of competitive carriers led by Sprint and T-Mobile have formed a new coalition but, based on the group’s opening advocacy salvo, I don’t expect much in the way of any new or insightful arguments.  For example, they have revived the old myth that AT&T and Verizon were awarded half of their low band…

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The White Space Black Hole

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

In 2008, in the wake of the 700 MHz auction, Google held a conference call to reveal its plans for “Wi-Fi on steroids” – a broadband wireless service to be delivered coast to coast via unlicensed white space devices, all in time for the 2009 Christmas holiday.  I remember reading a blog comment around that…

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The Devil is in the Details

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

On Friday, we filed reply comments on the FCC’s proposed procedures for the 600 MHz incentive auction.  This public notice (PN) gets down to the nuts and bolts of how the auction will be run and, in many ways, the decisions made here will be some of the most important to date. When the FCC…

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Auction 97 – More Lessons For Future Auctions

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Additional reactions to Auction 97 are emerging with everyone putting their own spin on the results. First, in a blog, T-Mobile offered its view, calling the auction a disaster for U.S. consumers.  Hard to figure how they can reach that result.  The auction reallocated 50 MHz of valuable paired spectrum to the wireless industry –…

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Lessons from Auction 97 For Future Auctions

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The quiet period on Auction 97 lifted last Friday opening the period of dialogue around the most successful – and surprising – auction in the history of the FCC.  Much has already been written on the unexpected valuations and revenue raised.  I want to turn to some of the lessons to be learned from this…

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If T-Mobile has a Beef, It Should File a Complaint

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

A few weeks ago, a group of advocates calling themselves “T-Mobile Petition Supporters” filed an ex parte purporting to show that the Commission should grant T-Mobile’s data roaming petition.  T-Mobile itself then weighed in with yet another letter in the record.  Neither filing offers anything new of substance, much less provides any basis to grant T-Mobile’s…

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Investing in Regulation Rather than Networks

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

In the last couple weeks, in a series of meetings with the FCC, T-Mobile continued its on-going campaign for rate regulation of roaming services.  T-Mobile frames its argument as a request for clarification. But make no mistake – T-Mobile is not seeking a clarification of the Commission’s 2011 Data Roaming Rules.  It is instead seeking…

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Accelerating Broadband, Part II

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

A couple months ago, the FCC unanimously adopted an order streamlining the rules for tower marking and lighting.  That was the first in a series of Wireless Bureau items designed to remove regulatory obstacles to clear the way for more efficient broadband deployment.  The Bureau is now moving forward with an even more ambitious effort to rationalize…

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