Another Twist in AT&T's Bid to Buy T-Mobile

The FCC announced yesterday that it's suspending its 180-day decision deadline regarding AT&T's recent offer for Qualcomm's 700 MHZ spectrum. The FCC will review both this and AT&T's T-mobile takeover simultaneously to determine if either serves the public interest. [] » 8/09/11 2:20pm 8/09/11 2:20pm

AT&T-Mo Would Blanket 95% of America In LTE... Someday

Throughout AT&T's T-Mobile acquisition explainer this morning, the number repeated most often was 95%. That's the amount of LTE coverage that execs repeatedly promised their T-Mobile purchase would bring to the US. It's a number that's appealing to consumers—and, AT&T hopes, regulators—but don't get too excited quite… » 3/21/11 8:51am 3/21/11 8:51am

FCC Planning New Spectrum Auction With Free Broadband for All

It looks like the FCC is taking up Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's dopey scheme to deliver internet to the masses with another spectrum auction that would require the winner to offer free broadband to half of the US within four years, and 95 percent sometime after that. A nearly impossible task, on top of being silly in… » 5/24/08 4:30pm 5/24/08 4:30pm

Did Google "Game" the 700MHz Spectrum Auction? Yep!

Republican Congressmen Fred Upton, Cliff Stearns and John Shimkus are huffing and puffing that Google hosed the government in the ballyhooed 700MHz auction, only bidding to lock in the open access rules. They're right! Google totally "gamed the system" and had no interest in winning. But that's a good thing for us. If… » 4/16/08 4:50pm 4/16/08 4:50pm

Verizon's $9.36 Billion 700MHz Plans: High-Speed 4G LTE Network Up and…

Not that it wasn't obvious, but Verizon's 700MHz plans look a lot like AT&T's. It'll be using the spectrum as the core of their high-speed 4G LTE network. Verizon paid $9.36 billion total, including $4.7 billion for the open access C Block (apparently, it let Google sweat a bit before actually plunking down their… » 4/04/08 10:29am 4/04/08 10:29am

AT&T to Use 700MHz Spectrum for High-Speed 4G LTE Network

The mandatory period of silence for 700MHz auction participants is over, so AT&T is revealing what's up their sleeve for the prem-o slice of spectrum on a conference call. AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega said that it'll give them more flexibility and bandwidth to handle surging demand for mobile broadband now and… » 4/03/08 6:05pm 4/03/08 6:05pm

Comcast and Time Warner To Launch WiMax Network, Asking Sprint to Run…

Cable operators Comcast and Time Warner plan to gather up $1.5 billion to $2 billion in order to get their own WiMax network going, and it's said that they would turn to Sprint to run the show. Now, I don't know what part of this plan makes sense to anyone else, but A) WiMax as a wide-area network technology isn't… » 3/26/08 9:44am 3/26/08 9:44am

Dish's Surprise 700MHz Win Means What?

Dish Networks, sat TV provider, has won a block of the 700MHz band in the FCC's recent auction. Given Dish's primary business is television from the heavens, one has to wonder what they're up to. At first, I thought internet, as DirecTV has. But the analysts say that the tiny corner of the band that Dish bought is… » 3/20/08 9:40pm 3/20/08 9:40pm

FCC 700MHz Auction Winners: Verizon Wins C Block

Just as we had suspected all along, Verizon has officially won the open access C block of the 700MHz spectrum. AT&T walked away with a nice-sized chunk, too—227 regional licenses that'll nicely patch up the holes not covered by the huge swath they bought from Aloha Partners last year. The 700MHz band is spectacularly… » 3/20/08 3:44pm 3/20/08 3:44pm

Verizon Hints They've Won the 700MHz Auction

Kicking off their Open Development Conference, the first thing Verizon did was throw up a massive disclaimer about the FCC's anti-collusion rule on the 700MHz auction, which prevents them from talking about their bid. The presenter's smirk and chit-chat about the disclaimer definitely seems to imply they won at least … » 3/19/08 9:16am 3/19/08 9:16am

700MHz Auction Ends, Rakes in $19.5 Billion for Uncle Sam

Even though we had the winner of the almighty C block pegged well over a month ago, the 700MHz spectrum auction just ended today, bringing in $19.5 billion for the feds. We'll know who officially won what in about 10 days. » 3/18/08 7:19pm 3/18/08 7:19pm

Analysts Say Ring the Bell, Verizon Set to Win 700MHz Auction

It's been our hunch all along that Verizon would take all in the 700MHz spectrum auction, but analysts are now confirming our suspicions from the other day: Verizon is set to win the most hotly desired slice of airwaves in the country, which can be used for anything from an entirely new mobile broadband service to… » 2/06/08 10:29am 2/06/08 10:29am

Juicy 700MHz Auction Developments: Google Punked Out?

While the hot and heavy 700MHz a(u)ction is anonymously taking place behind closed doors, we do know a couple of big things have happened. That potential winning bid from Thursday was punked down by a surprise total bid of $4.74 billion. This is juicy because it indicates Google has probably been outbid—assuming it… » 2/06/08 12:04am 2/06/08 12:04am

Potential Winning Bid in 700MHz Spectrum Auction

The fight for the 700MHz spectrum has reached a milestone: an anonymous bidder has made a $4.7 billion offer, surpassing the minimum reserve price of $4.6 billion. » 1/31/08 12:37pm 1/31/08 12:37pm

Rev Your Engines, FCC 700MHz Spectrum Auction Starts Today

Going once, going twice, sold to Verizon! Or something like that. The FCC's 700MHz spectrum auction starts today, and you can watch all of the hot bidding action right here. It's auction 73, and the page is so exciting I nearly peed my pants.

Don't know what the hell we're talking about? No worries, scan our ultimate… » 1/24/08 9:29am 1/24/08 9:29am

All Systems Go: 700MHz Auction Rules and Bidders Stamped in Stone

I know I'm a geek because I'm almost as giddy for this as I am for MacWorld: The rules and bidders (214 of 'em) for 700Mhz spectrum auction, which starts on Jan. 24, have been finalized. No surprises here—the heavies like AT&T, Verizon and Google have their shit in order and the C block fireworks look good to go. [Ars] » 1/15/08 11:49am 1/15/08 11:49am

Afternoon News: Boffins Galore, Spectrum Auction, Rock, Paper, Scissors…

• Joining the other boffins we've discussed today is this Indian boffin, who invented a flying carpet by attaching a powerful motor to a thin sheet of fabric. By the way, we have not used the word "boffin" on this site since 2004. Boffin! [Wired]
• The FCC announced the participants in the 700MHz spectrum auction. If… » 12/19/07 3:59pm 12/19/07 3:59pm

The Ultimate 700MHz Auction Guide: What It Is, Who'll Win and Why You…

Click to viewYou've probably seen the phrase "700MHz auction" bouncing around these pages quite a bit lately. Some of you know too much for your own good about this, but surely many readers are ashamed to admit you don't know what it means. It's okay, we get frazzled at times, too, so we thought we'd take a moment to… » 12/07/07 7:30pm 12/07/07 7:30pm

Verizon Hugs Google, Says Android Is Key to Open Networks

In a breaking BusinessWeek story, Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam says that it will support Android, Google's new platform for phones and mobile devices, making Verizon a member of sorts in the Open Handset Alliance. While this seems to be the logical conclusion to Verizon's weeklong openness bender, McAdam claims… » 12/04/07 9:32am 12/04/07 9:32am

Comcast and Time Warner Out of 700MHz Auction: So Who's In?

Comcast and Time Warner have just declared their total disinterest in the upcoming 700MHz auction. Not that they mattered anyway—the real behind-closed-doors fireworks looked to be between Google and Verizon, who've been publicly sparring over the auction rules for a while. But that might not be the case. » 12/03/07 7:40pm 12/03/07 7:40pm