T-Mobile asks FCC to remove Verizon from 600MHz spectrum reserve auction2015-11-17 16:52 by Daniela
Tags: T-Mobile, FCC, Verizon
In a filling to the FCC, T-Mobile asks the commission to remove Verizon from the 600MHz spectrum reserve in 12 markets across the US. It uses the argument that the carrier's population-weighted spectrum holdings exceed the FCC's reserve eligibility limit.
The spectrum reserve is a slice of 600MHz airwaves set aside for companies with less than 45MHz of spectrum in a given market. T-Mobile notes that the FCC has included Verizon as eligible in a dozen markets (Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, South Dakota, New Mexico, and others) but there it owns more than 45MHz.
"Confirming the accuracy of the reserve-eligibility list will help achieve the important public interest goal of protecting against excessive concentration of low-band spectrum holdings by the nation's dominant wireless providers while ensuring competitive bidding," T-Mobile Counsel Trey Hanbury wrote in the filing to the FCC.
The goal of the spectrum reserve is to make it easier for smaller carriers to buy 600MHz spectrum without having to bid against larger firms and potentially spend more money.
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