Executives at investor conference today say company has regrouped since losing its bid to buy T-Mobile last year and can keep up with wireless spectrum demands now and in the future.
The Douglas County-based company is awaiting approval from the Federal Communications Commission to build a fourth generation mobile broadband network that will leverage billions of dollars worth of wireless spectrum acquired over the past two years.
FCC’s TV Auction Workshop
The FCC plans to auction off television channels 30 through 50 for broadband wireless, and held a workshop for broadcasters last week.
The Competitive Carriers Association again urged the FCC to combine AT&T Mobility’s (NYSE:T) various spectrum purchases into one comprehensive transaction that the agency could more effectively review. AT&T, for its part, staunchly argued against such a move, contending it would “introduce delay that is contrary to the public interest.”
“Allowing the largest carriers to obtain unlimited amounts of spectrum on the secondary market raises serious competitive concerns,” said CCA President and CEO Steven Berry. “The only way for the FCC to truly see the devastating consequences of further spectrum aggregation is by consolidating the proposed applications. On their own, AT&T’s proposed license acquisitions may not seem significant, but when added together, it totals to a significant amount of spectrum.”
Here’s something happening in the tech background that rattles the origins of television: The undoing of the 6-Megahertz channel spacing, common to broadcast and cable television since the 1940s.
What’s going on? Progress, in the form of advanced modulation and distribution techniques (here’s that migration to IP again) seeking to wring every literal bit of capacity on communications networks.
Contrary to commonly accepted wisdom, there is no scarcity of spectrum, and any shortage is “an illusion” created by how the federal government manages its own use of the resource, says a comprehensive report released last week by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology PCAST.
AT&T came to the rescue of the proposed Band Class 17 proposal that would see a 3GPP standard for LTE interoperability across the lower 700 MHz band exclude the A-Band that is mired in potential interference issues.
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