More on the Low Band Spectrum Debate

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

As the debate about auction limitations and restrictions rages on, one new argument is particularly notable. CCA has for months sought low band restrictions or limits in the auction. CCA has long argued that AT&T and Verizon have somehow foreclosed their members from access to low band spectrum (a notion that I debunked in a blog some…

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More on Auction Limits

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The word out of the FCC is that we can expect a 600 MHz auction framework item in the May timeframe.  This has set the auction restrictions drums beating (again).  Calls for large-carrier limitations and even strategic set asides are growing ever louder. In all the rhetoric, some fundamental facts are getting lost.  So, let’s ground…

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Right on in AWS-3

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

A draft order for the AWS-3 auction is circulating for a vote at the FCC, and while I have not seen the item, early reports of its recommendations suggest to me that the Commission staff has got this one exactly right. Why? The item proposes a band plan that includes two 10 x 2 MHz…

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Establishing Effective Spectrum Policy – Part III

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

When the Commission’s mobile spectrum holdings proceeding was initiated over a year ago, AT&T argued that the Commission’s basic spectrum aggregation test – as originally conceived – remained a sound approach. The test seeks to strike a balance between regulatory certainty, by assuring licensees that spectrum accumulations within a safe harbor will be approved, and regulatory…

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Facts About Low Band Spectrum Holdings

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

In an op ed last week, CCA again called for auction limits to “prevent the two dominant wireless carriers from blocking competitors’ access to low-frequency spectrum.”  The problem, according to CCA, is that AT&T and Verizon control a significant portfolio of low band spectrum.  CCA also alleges we were “handed” our 850 MHz allocations “free…

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An Interesting Auction Down Under

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Last week, T-Mobile, through its outside counsel, submitted into the incentive auction proceeding information about auction rules recently adopted in New Zealand.  Specifically, in connection with its 700 MHz auction that will offer 90 MHz of paired spectrum in nine 5 x 2 MHz blocks, the New Zealand Ministry for Communications and Information Technology ruled…

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Why T-Mobile’s “Dynamic Market Rule” Won’t Work

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Today, AT&T is filing an analysis by two esteemed economists, Yeon-Koo Che and Philip A. Haile, of T-Mobile’s “Dynamic Market Rule” proposal for the 600 MHz Auction.    The proposal entails a complex bidding scheme that is premised on T-Mobile’s claim that low band spectrum should be subject to its own separate cap, above and beyond…

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Inconvenient Facts and the FCC’s Flawed Spectrum Screen

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Today, the FCC approved SoftBank’s acquisition of Sprint and Sprint’s acquisition of the remainder of Clearwire.  After it takes over Sprint/Clearwire, SoftBank has asserted that it will provide Sprint with an infusion of capital and expertise that will be used to deploy Clearwire’s 2.5 GHz spectrum – the key asset in play in this transaction…

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Revisiting Lower 700 MHz Interoperability

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

In recent months, there has been a renewed push to drive a regulatory mandate to address the interoperability issues that challenge the lower 700 MHz band.  Perhaps acknowledging that a Band 12 mandate ignores the interference concerns present in the band, the small carriers are now arguing that B and C block licensees should be…

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Bottom line: We Unlock Our Customers’ Devices

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Before I get into the legislative weeds of the DMCA (don’t worry, the acronym will be fully explained below), I want to be completely clear that AT&T’s policy is to unlock our customers’ devices if they’ve met the terms of their service agreements and we have the unlock code. It’s a straightforward policy, and we…

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