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AT&T is seeking more 700MHz spectrum

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AT&T is seeking more 700MHz spectrum
America’s second largest carrier filed a request with the FCC to buy spectrum from Broadband Wireless Unlimited, LLC. In a public notice released today by the FCC, AT&T is seeking to acquire nine Lower 700MHz Band B Block licenses from Broadband Unlimited.

AT&T intends to use the spectrum to increase its LTE capacity across nine markets (Cellular Market Areas or CMAs) in Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. The notice does not state which specific markets are within these licensed areas. In all, AT&T would hold 70-125MHz of spectrum in those markets. It looks as though the FCC is ready to give this transaction the green light unless “petitions to deny” are submitted by November 14th.

Since AT&T had to give up spectrum and cash to T-Mobile USA after its failed merger attempt, this spectrum will certainly help the carrier expand its footprint as it rolls out LTE services. Assuming the deal goes through, hopefully that means better service for AT&Ts customers in the near-term.

source: FCC

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posted on 01 Nov 2012, 00:29 3

1. Hammerfest (Posts: 368; Member since: 12 May 2012)


I always hope for better service from AT&T...

However, seeing as its been 15 years and 3 different states, its a hope in the lightest of its definitions, else, I have totally given up on AT&T service...

The one time they where great was AFTER the giant was broken apart, now that its been re-assembled, its once again back to being complete s**te

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 00:32 2

2. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I don't see how people still stay with at&t, bad customer service, high prices, bunch of dropped calls, no longer unlimited data, like seriously :/ glad I left them though lol

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 01:31 3

3. galanoth (Posts: 307; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


All depends on where you live.
I'm in Orange County, California and it's great.
Been with AT&T >10 years.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 12:25

9. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I used to be with them since they were xcingular, but ever since they started to slow unlimited data, and raising prices unexpectedly for certain features, I decided it was time to hit the road

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 10:46

6. jenna_23 (Posts: 145; Member since: 02 Apr 2010)


@ bernoulli like baldilocks said att worksfine in a lot of places . Just because it sucked in your area doesn't mean it sucks everywhere else.I have att n my man has Verizon and we are always comparing service wise which is better and so far I have had service everywhere he has had service on Verizon in los Angeles all over LA ,Orange county, san Jose, middle of nowhere visalia, vegas, san Jose, san Francisco were att has a bad reputation I had awesome service on att no dropped calls n fast LTE . ,san diego , Phoenix,puerto Rico were Verizon didn't workk LOL ATT rules in PR and all over Mexico att works verizon dnt. So yeaa.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 12:22

8. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I can careless for Verizon, and no duh at&t is going to work in Mexico, it's gsm, I have t-mobile and pay 1/2 of what I used to pay at at&t for 5 lines with better service, and yes it even works in Mexico, u.k. Germany (where t-mobile is from) basically anywhere in the world I'd have service, my main reasons for leaving at&t were customer service and high prices, not to mention now I have true unlimited data, plus who's crazy enough to use roaming like going to Mexico?! When we had at&t we roamed on telcel and our bill was almost 2000 $ they knocked it down to 1800 $ and well that's still a lot, at least t-mobile they ask you to unlock your mobile, I used movistar while in Mexico and it works amazingly, Verizon and sprint are useless to me I leave the country too often.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 17:58

10. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


T-Mobile sucks where I live...but I can get a good deal with some smaller carriers...

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 19:36

13. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Good thing is I don't live in a rural area so t-mobile with its hspa+ 42mbps speeds outpaces at&t's 21 mbps, the only LTE here is Verizon, which isn't much different, I have a note II and I pull constantly 17 mbps and hehe if you're thinking of simple mobile, guess who's towers they use? Along with tracfone ;)

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 06:33 1

4. baldilocks (Posts: 503; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


In my experience AT&T works better in most areas.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:43

14. tmoney83 (Posts: 37; Member since: 08 May 2009)


I agree. I go on alot of road trips East Coast and my lady has tmobile now i must say at home she win the war but on the road its baby can i see your phone

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 08:44 2

5. JKING_25 (Posts: 53; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


I miss my At&t and I am will be happy to go back. Sprint is the worst service ever.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 12:17 1

7. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 980; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


AT&T has been thru alot of networking problems, but they are working on getting back to where they were a few years ago.

I used to work for AT&T (both Customer Relations and Sales) and the "bad apples" AT&T has.........tarnished their reputation. I think that AT&T is working on improving their brand and thats good enough for me. Ive had AT&T for a couple years now and i cant complain about it. I cant stand Sprint because of their spending limit, I dont like Tmobile because you're paying an arm and leg for their phones and their close to being bought out again which means you dont know whats going to happen to them. As far as Verizon is concerned, theres something shady about them. I cant put my finger on it, but i dont trust them

I'll stay with AT&T and hang in there while they try to improve their image

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 18:00 2

11. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


AT&T's problem is that they have not fully unified the companies' systems from acquisitions and between DSL/phone, Uverse and wireless. A lot of miscommunication still goes on there. Plus, now they try to sell Uverse to wireless customers - very annoying.
They do work well, along with Verizon here in Cali.

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