Oct 23 AT 4:03 PM Dustin Earley 12 Comments

T-Mobile is fighting the FCC to get you better service


In order to provide phone service in buildings and in heavily trafficked, metropolitan areas, carriers need to provide service on low-band frequency spectrum. And in order for T-Mobile to acquire more low-band spectrum, it is fighting the FCC to change a few things.

In a post on the official T-Mobile newsroom website, Kathleen Ham, T-Mobile’s Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs, has laid out a few changes T-Mobile is requesting from the FCC in order to help T-Mobile acquire low-band spectrum, and enable them to provide service that will “penetrate building walls better and travel longer distances than we can with the spectrum we have today.”

Here’s what T-Mobile is saying:

  • In particular, T-Mobile has asked the FCC to increase the size of the “reserve” so that no matter how much spectrum is up for sale, at least 50 percent of it will be held in reserve for competitors with little or no low-band spectrum in that market. This change is critical to guarantee enough “reserve” spectrum to sustain four strong national carriers into the future as the FCC has said is important.
  • The FCC has also established two minimum sales prices for the licenses, which we believe needs to change. Under the Spectrum Act that directed the FCC to conduct the incentive auction, the aggregate auction proceeds need to cover any compensation for participating broadcasters, relocation costs, relevant administrative costs, and funding requirements for our nation’s emergency network, FirstNet. In addition to meeting these expenses, however, the FCC has decided the licenses will not be sold unless another arbitrary figure, based on a complex formula involving the U.S. population and the bandwidth available, is also reached. As we have shared with the FCC, this threshold is unnecessary and creates a new barrier to entry for wireless broadband competition.

If the FCC is willing to work with T-Mobile and the wireless industry, this could give smaller carriers a better chance at providing improved service. T-Mobile is doing all it can from its end, providing customers with things like free WiFi calling and texting with every phone they carry. It will be interesting to see how the FCC responds in the coming weeks.

Via: Android Central

Source: T-Mobile

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • bardo

    I want to know why the FCC “sells” spectrum at all.
    Why not regulate inter-operability and then let any carrier use any block they choose (outside of the emergency/medical/millitary blocks that is).

    Wouldn’t that kick-start the market in a huge way?

    • waldojim

      Because the government wants money. They could honestly care less about the rest.

      • MadJoe

        If all the gov wanted was money, they would lease access to the spectrum, not sell licenses to a block here and there. The telecom bigwigs, Verizon and AT&T, lobby the snot out keeping it this way so they can gobble up all the low frequency blocks keeping themselves on top of the heap.

    • vawwyakr

      How does that work? First come first serve? That sounds like a terrible system. The industry can’t just self select who gets what spectrum, how would that even be enforceable? “Hey they setup a tower that just distrupts our tower”, “nuh-uh, we were using that channel first over in California so it’s ours!”.

      Somehow someone has to get a set of spectrum they “own”. I imagine the price has something to do with keeping people from spectrum squatting (getting a piece of spectrum and then doing nothing with it just to keep competitors or to sell it themselves). Not that this completely works obviously.

      What we really need is a more open and honest spectrum licencing system…right now the FCC is getting too much power to “pick winners” without there being any consequence.

      • Chris

        I thought spectrum equating IS a problem?

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      • TedBell

        It’s a better system than what happens in Europe. In Europe, you have to know a King or Queen to get airwave rights

        In the US, if your iPhone doesn’t work, or the roaming terms aren’t favorable for making an emergency call, it’s smart to have a backup. For a measly $50, you can own a CB Radio and ask a trucker for help. One suggestion for the ladies- don’t wear tight pants when your driving around with your iPhone and using the CB radio. Truckers that pick you up might be confused.

        If your budget allows, I’d suggest getting the Galaxy 98VHP CB Radio. The Galaxy has 200 Watts of power, which can get you out of a sticky situation, but it costs more.

  • Rick Astronger

    That picture is incredibly unappealing.

    • McEbola by McDonalds

      Of course it is

  • Rocky A Osborne

    Amy time the government agency stand with a company its wrong always should be for the citizens never corporation’s. Otherwise we are no longer have a free society if the people want this let us have it stop controlling us with your power the very power we put you in office with not that you had it on your own

  • TedBell

    Across the street from where that picture was taken is an AT&T store. It’s much easier to get to and doesn’t have a 30-minute wait.