A Return to Permission-Less Innovation

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The latest chapter of the Wi-Fi vs. LTE-U saga unfolded this month as the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) announced that, after many months, it was finally closing in on an approved LTE-U coexistence test plan but surprised everyone by suggesting that the test plan should also include LTE-LAA. To understand why this is so aggravating, we…

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When is a Defaulter Not Really a Defaulter? And Other Auction 97 Questions

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Last week, the latest chapter of the saga that is Auction 97 unfolded in all its messy, unpredicted and unpredictable glory – Dish and its affiliate DEs surrendered over $3 billion of AWS-3 licenses back to the FCC.  Before we get to the selective default, let’s quickly review the bidding to date. First, Dish took…

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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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Accelerating Broadband, Part III

by Jeanine Poltronieri

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

I was very encouraged last week after reading a blog by Roger Sherman, Chief of the FCC’s Wireless Bureau, on the Commission’s draft report and order to modernize and streamline the rules for cellular licenses in the 800 MHz band. During the year that the FCC set aside spectrum for the first cellular licenses, Ronald…

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The Roaming Marketplace is Working

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

T-Mobile, which advertises itself as the “un-carrier,” has asked the FCC to “un-do” its data roaming rules, which were established in 2011 to facilitate reasonable data roaming arrangements while continuing to incent network investments.  T-Mobile now asks for a “declaratory ruling” which would effectively eviscerate that FCC decision and run afoul of the D.C. Circuit…

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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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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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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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AT&T Commits to Interoperability In the lower 700 MHz Band

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President-Federal Regulatory: “Today, AT&T agreed to take definitive and concrete steps to bring interoperability to the lower 700 MHz band. Challenges in the lower 700 MHz band have left the 700 MHz A Block vulnerable to interference and largely undeployed. Now, under the leadership of…

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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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