Getting the Incentive Auction Right

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Today, the FCC cast a series of votes that set the stage for the incentive auction to move toward its slated March 2016 start.  The results of the votes, however, are a mixed bag and leave significant wireless industry concerns unanswered. On the one hand, the FCC has finally resolved the protracted debate on the…

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Stop the Magenta Madness: A Word on the Spectrum Reserve

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

We don’t have a slick cartoon full of super heroes and telecom villains.  We aren’t generating a raft of identically-worded robo-letters.  And we aren’t tweeting apocalyptic rants about the demise of wireless choice.  But we do care about the 600 MHz spectrum auction – a lot – and we support the Chairman’s decision to deny…

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

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

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 Federal Regulatory Relations

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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A 21st Century Safety Net

Tomorrow, the Senate Commerce Committee will convene a hearing on the future of the FCC’s Lifeline program.  Given the recent GAO report on the program and the FCC report on the broadband Lifeline trial, some folks might argue that Lifeline is irreversibly broken and incapable of accomplishing any credible goals.  While I would agree that…

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Old Whine in New Bottles

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

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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AT&T Statement on FCC’s 3.5 GHz Spectrum Sharing Order

The following statement may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “AT&T applauds the FCC for adopting today’s 3.5 GHz order that will make more spectrum available for mobile broadband use.  The Commission has taken an innovative approach in the band to facilitate spectrum sharing with incumbent government users. We look forward to the Second Further…

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The White Space Black Hole

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

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 Federal Regulatory Relations

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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