T-Mobile and the CCA ask the FCC to block AT&T's acquisition of 700MHz spectrum

T-Mobile and the CCA ask the FCC to block AT&T's acquisition of 700MHz spectrum
According to AT&T, T-Mobile and the Competitive Carrier Association are asking the FCC to block its acquisition of 700MHz spectrum without having a good reason to do so. The transaction in question will give AT&T two Lower 700MHz B Block licenses from Club 42 CM Limited Partnership. Once the deal closes, AT&T will be able to improve its LTE network in certain markets by using a 10MHz X 10MHz configuration. That will allow the nation's second largest mobile operator to carry more signals, with faster service. The carrier notes that the FCC has ruled in favor of transactions that result in the deployment of 10MHz x 10MHz, saying that they are in the public's interest.

On its blog, AT&T says that T-Mobile acts as though "low band spectrum transactions should be deemed presumptively unlawful for any company named AT&T or Verizon." We should point out that such low-band spectrum does travel farther and penetrates buildings better. T-Mobile has also been arguing with the FCC in reference to next year's auction of 600MHz spectrum. To prevent Verizon and AT&T from using their riches to increase ownership of such highly prized low frequency airwaves, T-Mobile fought to have a certain amount of spectrum in each market held aside for smaller operators. T-Mobile's latest request to have even more spectrum held aside was turned down last month by the FCC.

AT&T says that the deal has been pending for over a year, and that it is time for it to close. CCA president Steve Berry says that AT&T "has not complied with the standards of review and has presented no real evidence of increased public interest." Kathleen Ham, T-Mobile's senior vice president for government affairs, says that "AT&T simply wants to grab more low-band spectrum to depress competition, reduce investment and stifle innovation."

T-Mobile itself has been using its own 700MHz spectrum to improve its signal in specific markets. The nation's third largest carrier calls it T-Mobile Extended Range LTE and currently offers it in 170 markets.

source: AT&T via FierceWireless

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20 Comments

1. engineer-1701d unregistered

its kinda true here they verizon and att should only be allowed a smaller amount because the other phone companies dont have the money so its basically rich get richer poor struggle to get by, and then your back to a monopoly like bell was before forced to split,

8. Derekjeter

Posts: 1455; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Why is Verizon and ATT getting punished for having money? I personally have unlimited with Verizon and i would love for them to buy Sprint or T-mobile to improve their already great service. I want Verizon to continue growing no matter what.

18. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Verizon cannot buy T-Mobile, Verizon uses antiquated CDMA technology, so does Sprint, whereas T-Mobile and AT&T use GSM, which the majority of the world uses.

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2327; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I wouldn't care if AT&T and Verizon Wireless took it all, the problem is, their dats-tier services are uncompetitive. So we need a T-Mobile in the ring so to speak.

6. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

is they got all the low spectrum that will take smaller and mid phone carrier out of business lower spectrum mean better signal which mean more customer. that is why you see att and verizon ripping off people with confidence because they know in many areas carrier like tmobile will not have a good service.

3. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Tmobile does this almost monthly it seems... Just effing stop. This particular spectrum doesn't give them any substantial l eggs up on anyone.

4. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

The rationale to limit the access to spectrum below 1GHz by both ATT and VZW is that they were gifted by the government with free cellular spectrum at 850MHz years ago. It would be fair that neither would be able gobble up even more spectrum below 1GHz from the revenue of spectrum that they got for free, thus putting other bidders in disadvantage. But I expect the FCC to play to the tune of its paymasters, as usual.

5. lnguyen7186

Posts: 27; Member since: May 30, 2011

T-mobile **suck** I am relying on my smartphone to complete my daily tasks with reliable date connection and T-Mobile aren't it.so I went to Verizon and the network are A+ even in middle of nowhere. So what's I'm saying pay a little extra a month to get the thing done the right way instead looking for WiFI connection. Peace out!

7. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

u prbly use an Iphone as well im assuming, based on ur ignorance

9. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

You didn't graduate elementary school based on your spelling.

11. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

good one (sarcasm if you couldn't tell)

19. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Verizon doesn't work where I live, only AT&T does and I get 3-4 bars and Verizon gets 0, 1 for a minute if you are standing in exact right spot, but so weak can't text or call. AT&T has the best coverage in Michigan, although its hard for every carrier because Michigan's terrain is very hilly and not flat, especially in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. I have worked all around the state on cellphone towers for a little over a year, my coworkers had Verizon and I had AT&T. I often had signal in places where they didn't, and where I didn't have signal(which was rare) they didn't have signal either.

10. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

The Federal Government has absolutely no jurisdiction over the mobile spectrum. Period. Them the facts. Check the 10th Amendment to the Constitution (If you know what the Constitution is). Furthermore. Paying the FCC for ownership of those airwaves is basically criminal since they are selling property of the US people when they have absolutely no right to do so.

12. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Amen brother. Preach it

14. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

AT&T simply wants to grab more low-band spectrum to depress competition, reduce investment and stifle innovation! SHAME! on you att!

15. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

T-mobile is like a little baby always whinning, They have a lousy network, deal with it. I am with cricket (att) and sometimes their network gets so congested their lte signal slows down so much i have to switch to 4g. Man up tmo and stop your whinning.

20. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Cricket throttles after you reach your data cap. Additionally, Cricket isn't the full speed of AT&T's network anyways, the full speed on Cricket is throttled AT&T.

16. lnguyen7186

Posts: 27; Member since: May 30, 2011

At least English is my second language unlike you bunch of mother f**ker English is your first and second period

17. ShadowHammer

Posts: 197; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

Nice to see you've learned all the good words too. That being said, replies to your OP were indeed jerky. In my experience with Verizon and T-Mobile in the mountain west in the US, Verizon has superior coverage, but not enough to justify the extra cost and contract system. Each to their own, and it really does matter where you live and use your phone.

21. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Verizon is dropping contracts. AT&T is now the only carrier still offering contracts, but they have AT&T NEXT as well, which is exactly the same as Verizon Edge.

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