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Who’s There? FCC to Spot-Check Stations

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[Source: Broadcasting & Cable] TV stations need to make sure their technological house is in order. The FCC will start conducting spot checks of broadcasters to make sure they actually have the equipment they identified in their reimbursement forms seeking money for the post-incentive auction repack. The regulator has signaled it would send a third-party contractor…

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Partial Lift of Freeze on Filing Petitions for Rulemaking To Change Television Stations Community of License

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[Source: Federal Register] On August 3, 2004, in connection with the development of a channel election and repacking process in advance of the DTV transition, the Media Bureau imposed a freeze on the filing of petitions requesting new channels or service areas for full power television stations in order to ensure a stable database in…

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After a record 2017, T-Mobile CEO Legere says 2018 will be the Un-carrier’s “best year yet”

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[Source: PhoneArena] …The Un-carrier got off to a quick start deploying  some of the 600MHz spectrum it won in the FCC auction. The low-frequency spectrum is being used in 586 cities and towns in 28 states; low-frequency airwaves travel farther and penetrate buildings better than higher frequency spectrum. Last year, the nation’s third largest carrier…

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AT&T Divestitures Could Lower Time Warner Leverage

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[Source: The Street] …AT&T is selling wireless spectrum licenses that it purchased just last year to a vehicle backed by Columbia Capital LP, filings with the Federal Communications Commission show. AT&T purchased the spectrum in the 600 MHz band for about $865 million a year ago, and Moody’s estimated the sale price at about $1…

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FCC Will Open April Window For Auction-Displaced LPTVs

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[Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has set the schedule for low-power TVs and translators displaced in the incentive auction to try and find new channels. In a public notice issued Friday (Feb. 9), the FCC’s Media Bureau and Incentive Auction Task Force said the “special displacement window” for filing applications for new channels opens…

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Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau Announce Post-Incentive Auction Special Displacement Window April 10, 2018, Through May 15, 2018, and Make Location and Channel Data Available

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[Source: FCC] The Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau hereby provide sixty days’ advance notice of the opening of a displacement application filing window for low power television (LPTV), TV translator stations, and analog-to-digital replacement translators (DRT) (referred to collectively as “LPTV/translator stations”)that were displaced by the incentive auction and repacking process (Special…

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T-Mobile CTO: LTE will be the name of the game for the foreseeable future

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[Source: Fierce Wireless News] …T-Mobile has great book ends, [Neville Ray] said, with spectrum holdings at both the high and low bands with its bevy of 600 MHz that it acquired at auction last year and has already built out to a large degree. “We’ve been very clear from the outset that we’ll launch 5G…

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T-Mobile Readies Mobile 5G for 2019, but Stresses 4G’s Primacy

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[Source: Light Reading] …The foundation of all this network expansion is T-Mobile’s low-band 600MHz spectrum, which is being deployed now for greater 4G coverage with “5G-capable” equipment. The 600MHz LTE network coverage is now up in 586 markets, covering 300,000 square miles in the US. “We’ll launch 5G in 2019, leveraging 600MHz,” said CTO Neville…

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AIRWAVES Act Would Have FCC Auction Off 5G Spectrum

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[Source: PhoneScoop] …The 3GPP 5G NR specification includes support for low-band spectrum (600 MHz), mid-band spectrum (3.5 GHz), and high-band spectrum (50 GHz). While some U.S. operators (T-Mobile) have 600 MHz spectrum holdings, the 3.5 GHz and 50 GHz bands are not generally available. The FCC will need to open them up and auction them…

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Qualcomm touts 5G momentum amid battles with Intel, Broadcom

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[Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Qualcomm’s reluctance to provide details on other bands supported by the Snapdragon X50 modem could raise concerns among carriers like T-Mobile, which has said it will launch nationwide 5G services on its 600 MHz and other bands starting in 2019. Qualcomm executives hinted that initial 5G phones may not be as…

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