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FCC

FCC Formally Revisits RF Emissions Standards

The FCC has released its “FIRST REPORT AND ORDER FURTHER NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING AND NOTICE OF INQUIRY in a proceeding that will reshape the Commission’s RF emissions safety standards. The current standards were adopted after the 1996 Telecom Act. The Commission revisits its rules now largely prompted by the GAO.

I suspect the . . . → Read More: FCC Formally Revisits RF Emissions Standards

FCC

FCC OKs T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger: Free Lease Analysis for Landlords

The FCC voted to approve T-Mobile’s application to acquire MetroPCS.

The next step–and perhaps the last real hurdle before the merger can be completed–is an affirmative vote of MetroPCS shareholders during a scheduled April 12 shareholders meeting.

For MetroPCS site landlords, this is a major step towards the shuttering of some 10,000 MetroPCS sites. See . . . → Read More: FCC OKs T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger: Free Lease Analysis for Landlords

6409

FCC Offers “Guidance” on Sec. 6409(a)

Yesterday, January 25th, the FCC released a public notice titled, “WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU OFFERS GUIDANCE ON INTERPRETATION OF SECTION 6409(a) OF THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF AND JOB CREATION ACT OF 2012” (DA 12-2047).

As an aside, I note that the Commission did not consult with its own Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, much less advise them . . . → Read More: FCC Offers “Guidance” on Sec. 6409(a)

Clearwire

Clearwire to sink from sight/site

(Updated 4:41 p.m.; added AGL Magazine story link.)

Well, it’s almost over. Clearwire, that is.

Clearwire will sink from site, er, from sight as SoftSprint (or someone else depending on the investor law suits will will claim insufficient value to be paid by Sprint) ponies up the relatively small bucks to buy the rest of . . . → Read More: Clearwire to sink from sight/site

6409

FCC Likely to Revisit RF Emissions Safety Rules

Wireless Week is reporting that the FCC may open an inquiry into its RF emissions safety standards.

WW reports that Chairman Julius Genachowski is circulating a draft inquiry among the Commissioners that may (and is likely to be) voted on by the full Commission to require a in-depth review of the FCC’s existing environmental RF . . . → Read More: FCC Likely to Revisit RF Emissions Safety Rules

AT&T Wireless

Sprint(ing) Forward to 800 MHz LTE

The FCC has granted Sprint’s request to allow it to deploy LTE services in its 800 MHz band assignments.

This is a big deal, both for Sprint and for LTE deployment as the de facto 4G-ish standard.

The FCC’s decision (found HERE) allows Sprint to re-purpose its Nextel 800 MHz spectrum (the old iDEN band) . . . → Read More: Sprint(ing) Forward to 800 MHz LTE

FCC

LightSquared files for Bankrupcy (Chapter 11)

To the surprise of very few, LightSquared has filed for Bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11.

Given that the firm has virtually no path forward to use its frequencies to provide 4G-type services in light (no pun intended) of the apparently unresolvable GPS interference issues, Chapter 11 gives LightSquared a way to step back and . . . → Read More: LightSquared files for Bankrupcy (Chapter 11)

FCC

FCC Shot Clock Affirmed by 5th Circuit

Yesterday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the FCC Shot Clock appeal promoted by the City of Arlington, Texas and the City of San Antonio, Texas. For the foreseeable future, the Shot Clock will remain with us. Here is the decision: CITY OF ARLINGTON, TEXAS; CITY OF SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS v. FCC.

Although the . . . → Read More: FCC Shot Clock Affirmed by 5th Circuit

AT&T Wireless

AT&T&T Likely to Have to Divest Portions of Networks

Reuters is reporting that AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson believes that his company will have to divest portions of its existing wireless network to secure federal permissions to acquire T-Mobile. Stephenson’s comments were made in New York at a Council on Foreign Relations event held on March 30, 2011

My suspicion is that T-Mobile will be . . . → Read More: AT&T&T Likely to Have to Divest Portions of Networks

AT&T Wireless

AT&T&T?

It’s no surprise that T-Mobile will soon cease to exist in the U.S. What is a surprise is that AT&T is claiming the prize, rather than the widely-rumored suitor, Sprint/Nextel.

What is more of a surprise is that T-Mobile lasted so long before giving up the ship. T-Mobile has always played a game of the . . . → Read More: AT&T&T?