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AT&T, Verizon, Dish rule FCC spectrum auction

Trio of participants account for 93% of total proceeds

As expected, AT&T and Verizon Wireless were the big spenders in the Federal Communications Commission’s record-setting Auction 97 proceedings. Both operators combined to account for two-thirds of the FCC spectrum auction’s total potential winning bids. That total came to $44.9 billion in gross proceeds, but when factoring in bidding credits tied to some designated entities, the auction’s net haul was at $41.3 billion.

AT&T came out the biggest spender, hitting nearly $18.2 billion in total potential winning bids. Verizon Wireless, which was bidding under its Cellco Partnership entity, came in with $10.4 billion in total winning bids.

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‘Healthy Competition’ Is Not Enough to Protect Consumers

Verizon Thursday called the FCC's planned Title II regulation of broadband services "unnecessary, illegal, and bad public policy." 

In an ex parte filing Thursday, Verizon cited research it commissioned from Andres V. Lerner and Janusz A. Ordover, on whether broadband providers enjoy a "terminating access monopoly" that allows them to restrict consumer choice. 

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Legere: T-Mobile Will Match and Beat Verizon’s Network in 2015

WirelessWeek

“We’ll go toe-to-toe with Verizon’s network almost everywhere … and win.” That's T-Mobile CEO John Legere's opening salvo for 2015, as the outspoken executive posted a blog Tuesday of his predictions for the coming year. 

According to Legere, T-Mobile currently reaches 264 million Americans with its LTE network, while Verizon reaches 303 million. 

“So, yeah, there are places we don’t reach yet,” Legere wrote. “But, here’s the interesting part, where we do reach the same people our LTE network is the fastest nationwide. “

Legere goes on to note that in the coming year, T-Mobile will cover 300 million people with LTE, blanket 150 metro areas with Wideband LTE, and deploy 700 Mhz spectrum in approximately 350 metro areas. 

 

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Wireless Week’s 2014 State of the Networks Report

WirelessWeekStateoftheNetworks

The end of the year is nearly upon us, which makes it a good time to check in on the status of the  country’s LTE networks. Verizon’s LTE network just turned four and started to feel growing pains in the form of capacity issues. AT&T is heading in the same direction, while T-Mobile is just starting to get its low-band LTE network off the ground. And Sprint is finally nearing the finish line for its Network Vision initiative and its WiMax past is but a dream.

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Report: SoftBank Downsizing U.S. Operations, Giving Up on T-Mobile Bid

Sprint/Softbank

SoftBank is scaling down its Silicon Valley operations in a move that could signal the end of the company’s quest to acquire T-Mobile, according to Reuters.

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U.S. Cellular Selling Towers, Swapping PCS Spectrum

US Cellular

U.S. Cellular today announced it will sell 595 towers to Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC for $159 million.   

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Positive Train Control Requires Towers Coast to Coast

Ventev True Positive Stop Articulating Tower

New wireless infrastructure is becoming available as railroads roll toward the December 2015 deadline to implement positive train control (PTC), which is the multi-billion-dollar communications-based, accident-prevention system mandated by the government.

Ventev True Positive Stop Articulating Tower

PTC involves outfitting locomotives with cellular and satellite communications equipment. Communications equipment and towers are also required at all non-monitored switch locations, also known as dark territories, all across the country, so the trains will know the position of each switch.

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Charitable foundation launched to aid families of injured, deceased tower workers

Families of tower workers that are killed or injured while on the job will be eligible for financial assistance that is designed to help the families pay for short-term needs, thanks to the charitable Tower Industry Family Support Charitable Foundation that was launched yesterday at CTIA’s “Super Mobility Week” in Las Vegas.

Obama Urges Title II Classification for ISPs

Net Neutrality

President Obama Monday made his strongest statement yet in support of strict net neutrality rules, urging the FCC to reclassify Internet service providers (ISPs) as Title II providers. 

In a video statement broadcast online, Obama said that current Internet policies, which have refrained from so-called "toll roads" and "gate keepers," have been essential to maintaining the integrity of the Internet.  

REIT Focused on Cell Towers Draws New Round of Investment

Vertical Bridge Holdings Wins Funding From a Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Fund, Among Others

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