Mobile Broadband Competition

Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum through Incentive Auctions

 

The National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (“NASUCA”) submitted a letter to the FCC in support of: expanding the reserve, holding the 600 MHz broadcast incentive auction for early 2016 as scheduled, and ensuring smaller competitors have a fair opportunity to acquire spectrum. Read the letter here.

Public Interest Groups Urge FCC to Support Competition in TV Spectrum Auctions

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere Goes to Washington

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T-Mobile Reconsideration Filing: Reserve Flip

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T-Mobile Responds to AT&T on Second Minimum Price in Incentive Auction

Says adopting two minimum sales prices is unnecessary and contrary to the FCC’s goal of encouraging competition

FCC Filing

T-Mobile Shares 600 MHz Repacking Analysis

Analysis indicates 84 MHz of spectrum can be cleared for the incentive auction even without the participation of certain broadcasters.

 Ex Parte
600 MHz Repacking Analysis

Harold Feld Cautions Against LPTV Bill

Harold Feld of Public Knowledge testifies on the LPTV bill, arguing that it will introduce significant delay and uncertainty to the incentive auction process.

Testimony
Oral Statement

FCC Releases Incentive Auction Order and Mobile Spectrum Holdings Order

The FCC puts forth rules that will govern the broadcast incentive auction, including reserve blocks of low-band spectrum

Incentive Auction Report and Order
Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order

New America Foundation Hosts Spectrum Limits and Wireless Competition Press Briefing

Wireless carriers and public interest groups deliver their closing arguments to ensure the incentive auction maximizes competition and innovation in the mobile broadband industry

Webcast Recording

House Democrats Support FCC Chairman on Low-Band Spectrum Limits

Letter signed by House Democrats praises FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on crafting “a transparent auction structure that accurately recognizes the unique value of low-band spectrum.

Letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

Ensure Competition, Innovation and Consumer Choice

Recognize Unique Spectrum

600 MHz spectrum is especially valuable because of its ability to propagate over long distances and penetrate building interiors, resulting in better service for customers and greatly reduced deployment costs for carriers. Carriers need a combination of high- and low-band spectrum to be competitive.

Maximize Available Spectrum

FCC policies should maximize the amount of spectrum available for competitive and innovative mobile broadband use.

Facilitate Broad Participation

An inclusive auction benefits all parties and enhances auction revenue. A broad array of bidders from national carriers to regional and rural wireless providers need to find value and opportunity to ensure the largest participation possible. Carriers with significant nationwide low-band spectrum holdings cannot be allowed to foreclose the ability of competitors to bid on important and scarce low-band spectrum.

Demand Device Interoperability

Competitive services and prices can only be achieved if full interoperability across all 600 MHz blocks is mandated, allowing all carriers to benefit from efficiencies of scale with handset providers and other technology partners.

Historic Opportunity

This auction may be the last opportunity to ensure sustainable competition in the wireless industry as no additional low-band spectrum will be made available for the foreseeable future. Consumers cannot afford to have another sweep by the two largest companies in this auction.
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