Interference on the Line

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

In May, the FCC issued a comprehensive incentive auction framework order that represented a substantial step toward a successful auction.  While the order resolved many open issues, it also set the stage for a series of new ones and the published list of follow-on proceedings made clear that significant work remains to be done. Of…

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NAB’s Incentive Auction Lawsuit – A Detour not a Road Block

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Earlier this week, NAB filed suit in Federal Court challenging aspects of the Commission’s May Incentive Auction Order.  NAB’s lawsuit was not a surprise – NAB had made pretty clear that it was unhappy with how the Commission was proposing to implement elements of the Spectrum Act, particularly as related to statutory protections provided to…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s AWS-3 Auction Procedures Public Notice

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “As a follow-on to the AWS-3 Coordination Public Notice released last week, the FCC today released a Public Notice outlining final AWS-3 auction procedures.  With these releases, the FCC has set the stage for this important and long-awaited auction.  We…

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Illuminating the Possibilities

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Yesterday, in the FCC’s Incentive Auction proceeding, AT&T filed a computational study that seeks to provide insights into some fundamental and essential auction questions – namely, for any given clearing target, what might a successful auction look like in terms of how many broadcasters must participate and in what markets?  And, how much diversity is there…

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Spectrum Sharing: Let’s Walk Before Running

by Stacey Black

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

The FCC recently released proposed rules for the 3.5 GHz proceeding, a proceeding that has received a lot of attention as it is the first attempt to apply the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report that promotes the sharing of federal spectrum with non-federal users. The Commission has identified this spectrum…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Spectrum Aggregation and Auction Eligibility Order

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “AT&T has long argued that the FCC should adopt a spectrum aggregation and incentive auction framework that will encourage all carriers to participate vigorously in the upcoming auctions.  We specifically supported broad participation in the incentive auction,…

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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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AT&T Statement on the FCC’s AWS-3 Report and Order

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “One of the greatest benefits of LTE-Advanced is the ability to do carrier aggregation or CA, which permits network operators to aggregate spectrum bands fragmented by legacy allocations into broader bands that enable faster data rates.  Initial CA launches are well…

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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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