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 8:51am3/21/11 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 4:30pm5/24/08 4:30pm

Verizon's $9.36 Billion 700MHz Plans: High-Speed 4G LTE Network Up and Running Before AT&T

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 10:29am4/04/08 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 6:05pm4/03/08 6:05pm

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

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 9:44am3/26/08 9:44am

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 10:29am2/06/08 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 12:04am2/06/08 12:04am

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 9:29am1/24/08 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 11:49am1/15/08 11:49am

Afternoon News: Boffins Galore, Spectrum Auction, Rock, Paper, Scissors and More

• 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 3:59pm12/19/07 3:59pm

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

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 7:30pm12/07/07 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 9:32am12/04/07 9:32am