FCC believes that enough is enough with T-Mobile and Sprint's additional requests for 2016 auction?

FCC believes that enough is enough with T-Mobile and Sprint's additional requests for 2016 auction?
With the U.S. expected to auction off low-frequency spectrum next year, major carriers are getting ready to open up their checkbooks. This is the first low-frequency spectrum offered by the government since 2008, and the advantages of this spectrum make it in demand by any U.S. company that calls itself a major wireless carrier. Low-frequency spectrum travels farther and penetrates buildings better than higher frequency airwaves.

T-Mobile, still the nation's fourth largest carrier, has been asking the FCC to hold aside some extra spectrum for smaller operators like itself to bid on. While the agency did agree last year to hold some spectrum aside for smaller carriers, and to limit how much larger ones like Verizon and AT&T can bid for, T-Mobile wants the FCC to hold even more aside and to limit the big companies even more.

But those with knowledge of what the FCC is thinking say that the agency will not agree to any more requests being made by T-Mobile. While things can change inside the FCC, right now the agency believes that it has set aside enough airwaves for smaller carriers. The FCC has set aside 30MHz of the spectrum in each market for carriers that are not nationwide, or own less than one-third of the low-frequency spectrum in that market. Sprint and T-Mobile would fall into that category.

T-Mobile, Sprint and Dish Network have been asking the FCC to raise that to 40MHz, arguing that bigger blocks of spectrum are necessary to compete with the big guys. While Dish and T-Mobile plan to take part in the auction, Sprint says that it may decide to sit this one out.

The auction of 600MHz spectrum was originally supposed to take place this year, but was delayed until 2016 because of a lawsuit from the National Association of Broadcasters. The spectrum being put up for auction comes from television broadcasters who are being moved to another spot on the "electromagnetic spectrum."

source: Reuters

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16 Comments

1. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

The FCC needs to change the rules that gave Dish a unfair advantage on spectrum they're not even using. No reason they should pay less then others

2. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

The FCC is the seller and the arbiter, yet people sheepishly believe that it's a neutral entity, without conflicting interests in the billions accrued from spectrum auctions.

12. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

And what exactly is wrong with that? Actually the FCC is the representative of the people and it's our spectrum that's being auctioned off. As our appointed board of authorities, who better to be the arbiter (Auctioneer) of our wireless frequency spectrum? Sorry but you act like the head of the FCC is benefitting personally from these auctions and that's about as ludicrous as it gets. He has already proven that even though he was himself a Lobbyist for these very same wireless carriers, he doesn't give anything away or do any of them any favors! He is about as neutral as anyone can be and demonstrates that by pissssing off even AT&T and Verizon both. Even though he was a former lobbyist for them! That takes balls!!! lol..... and the dude has em in spades!!!

15. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I'll just assume that you are in sixth grade and leave it without a response.

16. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Well then I assume you are a kindergartener, who normally spends his free internet time leaving stupid lame comment, that aren't even relevant to what's being said in the first place. In fact most often "First" being the only one word comments they leave on YouTube Videos. So tell us how mature your brainless comment is compared to that? lol.... if you don't got anything to say in the FIRST PLACE..... maybe you should just SHUT UP!!!

3. waddup121 unregistered

nice nice!

4. downbeat4

Posts: 94; Member since: Dec 03, 2010

"But they're bigger and better than us....waaaaaaaa"

5. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Haha... Sounds like pink will be crying

6. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Perhaps Tmoble and Sprint should speak more with financial contributions to the FCC rather than with their mouths. Money speaks louder than any other form of communication when dealing with Government support. VZW and AT&T are examples of how it gets done in the industry. John B.

14. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

You can't pay off FCC board members like you can lobby congressman with fringe benefits and $$$tuffed Xmas Stockings! I guess you don't realize FCC has been drubbing over both AT&T and Verizon, as if they aren't so powerful afterall. They now both officially hate their former Lobbyist! ;-P

7. soldier820

Posts: 115; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

"Sprint is sitting this one out" Way to go sprint ..... Another reason why sprint is a terrible company

8. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

The article states that Sprint "MAY" sit out of the auction. However, I don't believe this for a second. Sprint intentionally sat out of the last 700Mhz auction to concentrate on this upcoming 600Mhz bidding. They want the lower spectrum and I feel they will be very aggressive in the auction. But, I also feel the FCC is once again, showing partiality to big red and blue. John B.

9. Mrmark

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

We all know Sprint and T-Mobile are in it together for the long haul ... Project Fi and future devs.

10. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I love how people see a single word and put together complete imaginary sentences... Of course Sprint is going to bid, they are trying to force the FCC's hand. Everyone does this... AT&T just did it with net neutrality rules. They said then wouldn't invest in broadband and since the rules were passed they just announced a $20 billion dollar investment. If the FCC were smart, they would allow at least 40 MHz for smaller carriers. It's dumb to let the duopoly gobble it all up.

13. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

I think you're right and Sprint is probably the biggest cry baby throwing a fit before the auctions actually get going. This guy running FCC is not working for any of the carriers and if anything is the perfect person to be heading the FCC. Since he knows all the shenanigans and tricks the carriers are all playing from the inside out as a former lobbyist! When you can get your former employers (both AT&T and Verizon) mad at you, like he has, you know for sure he's no longer on their payroll. He's really surprised even his critics by actually demonstrating his complete neutrality as head of FCC!

11. 9690austin

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Also Sprint said that it could sit this Auction out if it needed too. That they had enough Spectrum for the long haul. And Claure already said that the statement doesn't mean that they wouldn't be participating.

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