FCC delays major spectrum auction until mid-2015

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler discloses a much-anticipated auction of broadcast TV spectrum to mobile carriers won't take place until mid-2015. Under prior chairman Julius Genachowski, the commission had set a June 2014 target date for auctioning the airwaves, which reside in the rural-friendly 600MHz. band.

Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS), who badly need more low-frequency spectrum to expand their rural coverage, have been hoping the auction would happen sooner rather than later. Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), who own ~75% of all sub-1GHz. U.S. mobile spectrum, currently offer better rural coverage in many regions.

Earlier this week, Wheeler hinted the FCC's auction rules will favor the likes of Sprint and T-Mobile, who have been calling for restrictions to be placed on how much spectrum Verizon and AT&T can purchase.

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  • Stephen Tips
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    This ruling helps VZ and hurts S and TMUS, at least through mid-2015, because many rural areas can use only VZ for access, insomuch that VZ receives the majority of subs.
    6 Dec 2013, 06:23 PM Reply Like
  • densiri
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    I keep reading about Sirius spectrum...are they a player here?
    7 Dec 2013, 09:52 AM Reply Like
  • chiliayug
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    This ruling hurts the people who live in the rural areas.
    What happened to OBAMA'S promise of high speed internet for everyone?
    7 Dec 2013, 12:28 PM Reply Like
  • monstermad56
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    Yeah and healthcare for everybody promise too?
    8 Dec 2013, 10:36 AM Reply Like
  • eremite
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    And yes we can everything?
    10 Dec 2013, 02:29 PM Reply Like
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